Japan and Asean bolster ties at summit focused on security amid China tensions – Times of India

Japan and Asean bolster ties at summit focused on security amid China tensions - Times of India

Tokyo: Leader Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, in a special meeting to mark the 50th anniversary of their friendship Chief Summit on Sunday and is expected to adopt a common approach that emphasizes security cooperation amid rising tensions with China in territorial seas.
Relations between Japan and ASEANMuch was based on Japanese aid to developing economies, in part due to bitterness over Japan’s wartime actions. But in recent years the relationship has become more security-focused amid China’s growing aggression in the South China Sea, while Japan’s postwar pacifist stance and confidence-building efforts have fostered friendly ties.
“Based on our strong relationship of trust, we hope that Japan and ASEAN will join forces and find solutions in this era of compound crises that are difficult for any single country to solve,” the Prime Minister said. Fumio tensed said in a speech Saturday night at the State Guesthouse in Tokyo.
“As we jointly build stronger and more dynamic economies and societies, we will be better able to secure a free and open international order based on the rule of law,” he added.
Kishida proposed stronger ties between Japan and ASEAN in security as well as business, investment, climate, technology and people-to-people exchanges. Kishida and this year’s chair of ASEAN, the president of Indonesia Joko Widodoare set to announce a common vision on Sunday after several sessions.
On Saturday, on the sidelines of the Dec. 16-18 summit, Kishida held a series of bilateral talks as Japan seeks to expand bilateral security ties with ASEAN countries.
Kishida and his Malaysian counterpart, Anwar Ibrahim, signed a 400 million yen ($2.8 million) deal to boost Malaysia’s maritime security capacity. It is a new Japanese government security assistance program specifically designed to help the militaries of friendly countries strengthen their law enforcement and security capabilities.
The aid includes the provision of rescue boats and other equipment to help improve Malaysia’s military capability, which sits at a key location on the sea lanes connecting the Indian Ocean and East Asia, and provides warning and surveillance for the entire region. It plays an important role in operations.
Separately on Saturday, Kishida signed an agreement with Widodo, offering grants of up to 9.05 billion yen ($63.7 million) to fund Indonesia’s maritime security capacity development project and It also includes a Japanese-made large-scale maritime patrol boat.
In November, Japan announced the supply of coastal surveillance radars to the Philippine Navy, and the two sides also agreed to begin negotiations for a major defense agreement called the Mutual Access Agreement for joint military exercises. designed to facilitate the entry of their troops into each other’s territory. .
Later this month, Japan and Vietnam agreed to upgrade the status of their relationship to a high-level comprehensive strategic partnership, under which they will discuss the details of a possible agreement to expand their defense cooperation.
But ASEAN countries are not locked in their stance on China, with which many have strong ties and are reluctant to choose sides. Japanese officials say they are mindful of the situation and are not trying to get them to pick sides.
Japan also hopes to advance energy cooperation with ASEAN leaders at a summit on the Asian Zero Emission Community initiative on Monday, when Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albany is expected to join online.

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