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Japan signed an agreement with the Philippines on Monday allowing the transfer of defense equipment, as the two nations seek to bolster military cooperation in the face of tensions with China. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Benigno Aquino agreed at a summit meeting in November to negotiate a deal enabling the transfer of military equipment. Japan, which retains restrictions on arms exports under its pacifist constitution, must sign an accord with each country with whom
it plans to cooperate on defense equipment.