Japan, Russia agree to cooperate on security as China rises

2 Nov

Russia's Foreign Minister Lavrov and Defence Minister Shoigu meets Japan's Prime Minister Abe in Tokyo

(Reuters) – Japan and Russia held their first joint defense and foreign ministers’ meeting on Saturday and agreed to boost security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific as they both warily watch neighboring China’s rising influence.

Japan and Russia have never signed a treaty to mark the end of World War Two because of a territorial dispute but they are moving to deepen ties despite that, and despite Russian concern about Japan’s role in a U.S. missile defense program.

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