(Sankei: November 23, 2015 – p. 5)
By Kazuyuki Sakamoto in Kuala Lumpur
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Nov. 22 in Malaysia, which the PM is visiting [to attend a series of ASEAN-related meetings]. The two leaders agreed to hold their countries’ first foreign and defense ministerial meeting (2+2 meeting) in December with an eye to strengthening cooperation in the field of security.
Regarding China’s development of military installations in the South China Sea, Prime Minister Abe confirmed the alliance with Indonesia, adding, “Unilateral actions that raise tensions are a common concern of the international community.” Abe sought Indonesia’s cooperation in initiatives to encourage China to exercise self-restraint with an eye toward a peaceful resolution, saying, “I hope Indonesia, a core member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), will play an active role [in dealing with the tensions in the South China Sea].”
Regarding the Indonesian government’s decision to award the high-speed railway project on the island of Java to China as a result of a nontransparent negotiation process, PM Abe sought a fair handling [of such negotiations] in the future, saying, “Transparency in bidding procedures, feasibility, and an appropriate division of risk between the public and private sectors are indispensable.”