Japan seeks to expand arms deals with Southeast Asia

2017-06-12 12:09
A miniature model of the P-1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft at Japan's international arms exhibit in Chiba. (Koji Sasahara, AP)

A miniature model of the P-1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft at Japan's international arms exhibit in Chiba. (Koji Sasahara, AP)

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Makuhari - A Japanese defence official says Japan is seeking to increase its sales of military equipment to Southeast Asian nations amid growing tensions with China and North Korea.

Hideaki Watanabe, head of the Defence Ministry's Acquisition Technology and Logistics Agency, says Japan will host a meeting on Thursday with defence officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to discuss the sharing of equipment and technology.

He spoke on Monday at an international arms exhibit near Tokyo that was attended by defence officials from around the world.

Watanabe said there have been aggressive attempts by nations in recent years to change the status quo, in an apparent reference to China's building of artificial islands in disputed areas of the South China Sea.

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