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Japan, US to jointly support Asean's sea surveillance, says a report

Published on Apr 19, 2014 1:20 PM
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel shaking hands with Japan's Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera before a bilateral meeting at the Japanese Ministry of Defence headquarters in Tokyo on April 6, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan and the United States will pledge to jointly help South-east Asian nations boost their marine surveillance capabilities, a newspaper said on Saturday, as tensions over territorial disputes in the region simmer.

US President Barak Obama will discuss the issue with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his visit to Japan next week.

A deal is expected to be included in the joint statement signed by both leaders and issued after the summit meeting, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported.

Under the planned accord, the two countries are expected to offer patrol vessels to members of the Association of South-east Asia Nations (Asean), the mass-circulation daily said, citing unnamed sources.

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