South China Sea: Kishida says Japan cooperating with Philippines, US amid Beijing tensions

MANILA, Nov 04 (South China Morning Post) - Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Saturday his country, the Philippines and the United States were cooperating to protect the freedom of the South China Sea as he committed to help enhance Manila’s security capabilities.

“In the South China Sea, trilateral cooperation to protect the freedom of the sea is under way,” Kishida, on an official visit, said in an address before the Philippine congress in the capital Manila. Kishida and President Ferdinand Marcos Jnr agreed on Friday to start negotiations on a reciprocal troop access deal to strengthen military cooperation as China becomes increasingly assertive in the region. China claims sovereignty over almost the entire South China Sea, including parts of the exclusive economic zones of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in 2016 said China’s claims had no legal basis. ...continue reading

Nov 04 () - 岸田総理大臣はフィリピンの議会で演説し、海洋進出を強める中国への牽制(けんせい)を念頭に自由で開かれたインド太平洋を守るための協力を訴えました。フィリピン議会での演説は日本の総理として初めてです。  ...continue reading