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Japan, Malaysia agree on defense cooperation

Yomiuri wrote that Defense Minister Onodera and visiting Malaysian Defense Minister Mohamad Sabu met on Tuesday and reached an agreement on defense cooperation between their nations, including Japan’s export of defense equipment to Malaysia. The two defense chiefs also confirmed their commitment to urging the DPRK to denuclearize in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner.


Nikkei ran a similar story saying that Japan and Malaysia signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the promotion of defense cooperation, including exchanges between their forces and Japan’s provision of defense equipment, adding that the MOU is in line with Prime Minister Abe’s “free and open Indo-Pacific” strategy. The paper conjectured that Japan is strengthening its defense cooperation with Indo-Pacific nations, including ASEAN members, to counter China’s moves to expand infrastructure investment in the region and construct military bases in the South China Sea. Onodera reportedly told his Malaysian counterpart that it is important to ensure freedom of navigation and the rule of law in order to maintain the peace and prosperity of the international community.

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