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Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi has conveyed Tokyo’s concern to China about a number of regional security issues, including repeated Sino-Russian military flights near Japanese airspace and Beijing’s activities in the East and South China seas.

Following his first in-person meeting with Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe — held on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue security forum in Singapore — Kishi told reporters on Sunday that he voiced “serious concerns” over the continuation of joint Sino-Russian military exercises around Japan, including the deployment of long-range strategic bombers, adding that Tokyo views these activities as “a demonstration against Japan.”

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