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Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan had a brief conversation Wednesday in Brunei at the dinner party ahead of a meeting of defense ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and other countries.
They stood talking for a couple of minutes, but the content of their conservation is unknown.
Onodera also had a brief exchange with South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan Jin at the dinner party.
Japan has strained ties with the two Asian neighbors.
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