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The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and France will hold security talks virtually on Thursday, with cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, where China's rise has stoked concern among many countries, expected to top the agenda.

Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said during a news conference Tuesday that the two countries share fundamental values and strategic interests and will promote their security collaboration during the online "two-plus-two" meeting, after the French Defense Ministry announced its schedule on Monday.

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