Kyodo News reported (June 23) that Nobuo Kishi, Japan’s defense minister. said Wednesday during talks with ASEAN. that maintaining rules-based international regulations in the Indo-Pacific region is essential. Clearly, China is taking a more assertive stance at sea.
In pushing forward Japan’s vision of the Indo-Pacific “Free and open,” Kishi calls for upholding a regional code of conduct in the South China Sea. “Efficient, concrete and consistent with international law”
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Beijing are working together to develop a code of conduct to ease tensions in the disputed area.
The talks in Phnom Penh come as Japan aims to strengthen security ties with the 10-nation regional bloc at a time when China is expanding its military influence in the region.
Southeast Asia is a region of strategic importance for shipping routes. including the South China Sea, where some member states have territorial disputes with Beijing.
In Cambodia, a new shipyard at the Ream Naval Base located in the Gulf of Thailand is under construction with financial support from China. Cambodia’s defense minister has denied the presence of Chinese forces at the base.
Referring to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Kishi said at a press conference after the talks: The “unilateral change of state between states” involved not only Europe. But it could also happen in the future Indo-Pacific.
“We share such concerns with ASEAN countries,” Kishi said, adding that Japan had held specific discussions with them. to build mutual cooperation with each country
Kishi also pledged that Japan will continue to cooperate with ASEAN on security. Including the provision of security protection equipment for the members of the group according to their needs.
In a face-to-face meeting between Japan and ASEAN defense leaders since November 2019, they also discussed increasing cybersecurity capabilities.
The ministry quoted Kishi’s words. He expressed concern over the situation in Myanmar, saying that since the February 2021 coup has put the country under military rule, he also urged the Myanmar military to end the violence. immediately
Japan-ASEAN defense talks took place on the sidelines of the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting in the Cambodian capital.
ASEAN consists of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Kishi traveled to Cambodia for two days from Tuesday. when he held separate bilateral meetings with Cambodia, Indonesia, Brunei and Vietnam early Wednesday. Japanese minister meets Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen
In a later press release Kishi has recently criticized Chinese and Russian warships. This sailed near the Japanese to “show strength” and warned of the tactics used by menacing weapons.
Kishi said Japan confirmed that in the middle of june Five Russian Navy ships sail south from Hokkaido in the Pacific Ocean. It then passes through the Tsushima Strait in southwestern Japan. before moving to the Sea of Japan
He described the action as: It “almost circumnavigated Japan” and said three Chinese naval ships were also sailing on the same route.
Kishi expressed concern about “Nearly 10 Russian and Chinese ships moving across the country in a short period of time on a similar route.”
He said that from Tuesday to Wednesday six more Chinese ships passed near the southern island prefecture of Okinawa. Route from the East China Sea to the Pacific Ocean
“We need to monitor the situation closely,” Kishi said, referring to 29 Chinese fighter jets moving into the southwest of Taiwan’s air defense zone. The invasion was announced Tuesday by Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense.
Japanese minister Condemns Beijing and Moscow for long-distance joint flights by strategic bombers over the Sea of Japan. east china sea and the Pacific at the end of May