Japan, Germany to hold trade talks

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    TOKYO – The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and Germany are looking to hold a “2 plus 2” dialogue online in mid-April, the daily Yomiuri reported on Monday.

    The “2 plus 2” talks will be the first among the two countries, and they are expected to discuss ways to defense and a “free and open Indo-Pacific” in face of an increasingly assertive China, the report said, citing multiple unidentified sources.