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Japan, Indonesia forge comprehensive partnership in maritime field

  • 2015-03-24 15:00:00
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(Nikkei: March 24, 2015 – p. 4)


 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo on March 23 launched a comprehensive partnership in the maritime field. They have agreed to set up a “Japan-Indonesia maritime forum,” a framework in which the two countries will discuss wide-ranging cooperation, such as maritime security and the development of maritime related industries. They also agreed on the launch of a “two-plus-two” meeting of foreign affairs and defense ministers. The ministers of defense of the two countries also signed a memorandum of understanding that calls for exchanges of defense equipment and technology. (Abridged)


 Key issued discussed during Japan-Indonesia summit talks


· To launch a “Japan-Indonesia maritime forum,” a framework aimed at stepping up cooperation in maritime security and the promotion of maritime industry


· To organize a “two-plus-two” meeting of foreign affairs and defense ministers; ensure the continuation of strategic dialogue between foreign ministers of the two countries


· Signed an MOU on defense cooperation


· Announced “Japan-Indonesia investment and export promotion initiative” and agreed to launch ministerial dialogue on infrastructure projects


· To extend loans worth 140 billion yen to help build high-speed, urban railways


· Ensured cooperation in fighting against terrorism


· Ensured early conclusion of a legally binding code of conduct in the South China Sea

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