South China Sea news: Japan demands stronger action against Beijing in disputed waters | World | News

Japanese MP, Akihisa Nagashima, told more than 200 representatives at the 28th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Canberra, the world should not “sit on the sidelines” against Beijing’s emerging influence in the region. China claims vast areas of the energy-rich waters and has established military outposts on artificial islands. The contested waters are also believed to contain large quantities of oil and natural gas. Mr Nagashima, who also sits on the National Security Committee, told representatives from more than 30 countries, including Russia and the US, the actions of Beijing poses…

China news: Flu epidemic fears grow as deadly coronavirus spreads from China to Japan | World | News

A government official said that a Japanese man had tested positive for the virus. The man is believed to be in his 30s, and was reported to have travelled to Wuhan in eastern China where the outbreak originated. The virus has been described as similar to SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and has infected a number of individuals since the outbreak in December. It is believed an outbreak of pneumonia has caused the latest strain of coronavirus. A Chinese woman was quarantined in Thailand on Monday after authorities realised she…

Indonesia asks Japan to invest in South China Sea islands

(MENAFN – Gulf Times) Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo yesterday asked Japan to step up investment in fisheries and energy in some of its South China Sea islands following a stand-off with China in waters that China claims in the area. Widodo made the request for Japan to consider economic opportunities in the Natuna islands during a visit to Jakarta by Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, the president’s office said in a statement. ‘I want to invite Japan to invest in Natuna, he told Motegi, adding that Japan was one of…

Japan Willing to Cooperate with China for an Open Indo-Pacific

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi, has stated that he is willing to cooperate with China to realize an open Indo-Pacific region, in a lecture held in the ASEAN Secretariat, Jalan Sisingamangaraja, South Jakarta, on Friday, January 10th 2020. The lecture, titled as the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC)’s “Special Lecture on Japan’s Foreign Policy” provided by Motegi, cited that Japan holds great interest in ASEAN’s vision of the Indo-Pacific Region, as stipulated on the ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific (AOIP), an initiative started by Indonesia. “Japan fully supports the…

Indonesia asks Japan to invest in islands disputed by China

In this photo released Indonesian Presidential Office, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, center, inspect troops during his visit at Indonesian Navy ship KRI Usman Harun at Selat Lampa Port, Natuna Islands, Indonesia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (Agus Soeparto, Indonesian Presidential Office via AP) OAN NewsroomUPDATED 8:59 AM PT — Friday, January 10, 2020 Indonesia is asking Japan to increase its investment in fisheries and energy in islands near the disputed South China Sea. On Friday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo specifically requested Japan put more resources into its Natuna islands. This comes…

Philippines, Japan Discuss Strengthening Indo-Pacific Security

The Philippines and Japan on Thursday discussed enhancing bilateral cooperation on security in the Indo-Pacific region, particularly the contested South China Sea, as Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi paid his first official visit to Manila in that role. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. praised Tokyo for its military and economic aid to his country, after he met with Motegi behind closed doors. Locsin said they discussed “issues that challenge the backbone of our long ties and make our friendship even stronger for the stress and weight we carry…

PH, Japan to enhance partnership for peace

The Philippines and Japan on Thursday vowed to enhance cooperation to maintain peace and security, stability and rule of law in the region despite ongoing maritime disputes with China. “We committed to continue our cooperation—bilaterally and in all possible forums—to maintain peace and security, stability, and the rule of law in our region,” Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said, in his speech during a joint press briefing with visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. Locsin admitted he had “candid exchanges” on various issues, including the…

Japan, Vietnam vow to uphold rule of law in South China Sea as top diplomats meet

HANOI – Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his Vietnamese counterpart, Pham Binh Minh, on Monday underscored the importance of maintaining freedom of navigation and the rule of law in the South China Sea, taking aim at China’s militarization of outposts in disputed areas of the sea. In a meeting in Hanoi, Motegi and Minh also agreed to coordinate Japan’s push for a free and open Indo-Pacific with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ efforts to promote stable growth in the region, according to the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo. Motegi stressed…