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Defense Minister Taro Kono said Friday he will visit Guam to hold talks with his U.S. counterpart Mark Esper to discuss regional missile defense as tensions rise between the United States and China.

“Given the current security situation, it is important to have a face-to-face discussion,” Kono told a news conference. “I want to discuss where we stand in our defense cooperation” when the two meet on Saturday, he added.

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