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Japan, Philippines confirm cooperation to resolve South China Sea issue

  • July 26, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 2
  • Translation

On July 25, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met with Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay in the Laotian capital of Vientiane to exchange views on the ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, in which it rejected China’s claims in relation to the South China Sea. Kishida said, “We would like Japan and the Philippines to cooperate toward a peaceful resolution of the conflict based on the rule of law and in light of the Permanent Court’s ruling.” Kishida expressed Japan’s intention to promote defense cooperation, including the transfer of defense equipment, to enhance the Philippines’ maritime security capabilities. Yasay said, “Support is very important for protecting our borders.” The two countries confirmed that they would continue to cooperate in the area of maritime security.

 

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