Japan, Germany’s first ‘2 plus 2’ dialogue shows extent of Tokyo’s outreach amid China’s rising assertiveness: analysts

The defence and foreign ministers of Japan and Germany are to hold their first “2 plus 2” discussions in mid-April, with security and the concept of a “free and open Indo-Pacific” heading the agenda.  The Yomiuri newspaper’s Monday report, citing unnamed sources, said the ministers would have the talks by videoconference on April 16, and added that Tokyo was expected to use the meeting to underline its growing concern at China’s increasingly assertive stance in the region. Given Germany’s…

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