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Defense Minister Gen Nakatani plans to meet with his Philippine counterpart, Voltaire Gazmin, possibly as soon as April to beef up security ties amid China’s increasing maritime assertiveness, according to a government source.

Nakatani may discuss Japan providing TC-90 training aircraft to the Philippines that can be used to conduct surveillance in the South China Sea, where China and the Philippines have competing territorial claims, the source said Tuesday.

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