JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Defense minister of Indonesia, Prabowo Subianto, and his counterpart from Japan, Noubo Kishi, agreed to tighten the military ties on the South China Sea after China announced the extension of military drill being conducted by People’ Liberation Army. The ministers held 2+2 talks on Tuesday in Tokyo.
The two countries will hold a joint military exercise in the dispute areas to upgrade maritime defenses for its Southeast Asian ally nations. Kishi condemned China’ assertiveness and boat incursion near spratly islands near to Bataraza town in the western Philippine province of Palawan.
In the first face-to-face meeting of the two ministers, Subianto, emphasized is importan to “using diplomacy and dialogue in resolving disputes between countries, and uphold of the rule of law in dealing any disputes.” On Monday, both ministers has exchanged views on current regional security issues.
Kishi underscored the requirement to uphold and reinforce the ”Free and Open Indo-Pacific” based on the rule of law and noted serious concerns about China’ Coast Guard Law, which entered into force on Feb. 1, 2021. The two ministers confirmed the importance of freedom of overflight and navigation, reaffirmed the need for observing international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
In the meeting, they also discussed the situation in Myanmar and noted their deep concerns over the current situation. The two ministers affirmed their intent to cooperate closely on this matter. Kishi and Subianto also agreed to promote further defense cooperation and exchanges, including realizing a visit by the commander of the Indonesian National Army to Japan.
Then, holding a Military-to-Military Dialogue at an early date of this year, continuing consultations on defense equipment and technology cooperation in order to develop specific cooperative projects, also conducting port calls in Indonesia by Japan Self-Defense Forces vessels (JSDF) and aircraft
In addition, Conducting bilateral exercises in Indonesia, providing for JSDF cooperation and participation in multilateral exercise “Komodo”, further promoting cooperation in the field of HA/DR, including countermeasures to COVID-19.
They affirmed the importance of continuing and strengthening bilateral defense cooperation and exchanges in order to contribute to “ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific” issued by the bloc in June 2019 and Japan’ “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”, which share substantial elements with each other.
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