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Japan and Indonesia will hold 2-plus-2 security talks on March 30

Japanese and Indonesian foreign and defense ministers will hold talks one week from now in Tokyo, the Japanese government said Friday, as Tokyo desires to produce nearer attaches with Southeast Asian countries to counter China’s clout in the region.

The focal point of the meeting on Tuesday will be on whether the two nations can settle on progress toward a concurrence on an agreement empowering Japan to trade domestically-created defense equipment toward the Southeast Asian country, authorities said.

The so-called two-plus-two talks including Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi as well as Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto will be the second of its sort since December 2015.

Issues to be examined by the four ministers will probably remember collaboration for maritime security, as indicated by the authorities, as Japan tries to understand a free and open Indo-Pacific region where China has heightened its self-assured conduct in sea and regional disputes.

In the wake of North Korea’s launch Thursday of ballistic missiles in apparent violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, Tokyo and Jakarta are probably going to share the significance of executing the U.N. decisions restricting Pyongyang from testing such rockets, thought about undermining weapons, the authorities said.