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News Summary: Japan and France to tighten ties

The Associated Press

CLOSER COOPERATION: Japan and France agreed to deepen their cooperation on nuclear technology and to discuss joint development of military equipment.

SENSITIVE STUFF: The two sides also agreed to regular discussions that would include possible cooperation in developing and managing exports of defense equipment. Japan has similar arrangements with the U.S. and Britain.

CHINA WORRIES: Japan has expressed concern over French exports to China of equipment that could have military uses, including the sale last year of equipment used to help helicopters land on ships. Tokyo and Beijing have a dispute over islands in the East China Sea.