October 25, 2010 11:56
The U.S. and Japan have agreed to step up strategic talks in the face of China's increasing military might and expansion of influence in the international community, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported Sunday.
During a visit to the U.S. on Sept. 23, Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara agreed with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to expand bilateral political and security talks from the ministerial level to the working level, the Japanese daily wrote.
The suggestion came from the U.S. The two sides decided to postpone an official announcement to avoid upsetting China at a time when there was tension with Beijing about Korea-U.S. naval maneuvers.
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