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Japan’s government is set to raise defence spending by 1 trillion yen ($7.34 billion) to around 6.5 trillion yen in the next fiscal year as part of efforts to earmark 43 trillion yen for the five-year defence build-up plan against rising Chinese aggression in the region. Japan also has pointed out that it will expand its defence and maritime cooperation with several south-east Asian countries and India in particular.

According to the latest media reports, Japan has proposed to jointly develop unmanned aerial vehicles that can be used for the surveillance of the Indian Ocean Region and the South China sea with India.

The Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has received its first of three Northrop Grumman RQ-4B Global Hawk drones and increasingly investing in the development of manned and unmanned surveillance platforms to keep an eye on the Chinese Navy.

Japan has not confirmed what kind of unmanned aerial vehicle platforms it wants to develop with India but it is keen to offer India many of its maritime defence systems and platforms to improve security cooperation between the two countries.

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