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Japan, Indonesia agree to work together over Myanmar, S. China Sea

  • December 3, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 10:32 p.m.
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TOKYO – Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi agreed Friday in phone talks to work together over the situation in post-coup Myanmar, Japanese officials said.

 

The two also affirmed in their talks the significance of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea amid China’s growing assertiveness in the South and East China seas, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

 

Hayashi stressed the importance of sending the special envoy for Myanmar appointed by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to visit the country as soon as possible, adding he fully supports ASEAN’s efforts, the ministry said.

 

Myanmar’s military seized power in February by ousting a democratically elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi. Suu Kyi remains under house arrest and faces a number of criminal charges.

 

Hayashi and Retno also discussed cooperation in infrastructure and human resources development as well as COVID-19 countermeasures, the ministry said.

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