Duterte, Abe discuss greater cooperation to upgrade PH military

Duterte, Abe discuss greater cooperation to upgrade PH military

The aggressive behavior of China in the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) made Japan realize that it will eventually affect it also as a maritime nation.

Japan would like to protect the freedom to navigate its goods that pass along the area and would also militarily speaking extend help to those countries that can make Chine restrain its territory grabbing behavior.

In the 4 day working visit of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in Tokyo, Japan he was able to meet with his counterpart Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss both countries challenges.

President Duterte and Prime Minister Abe of Japan (photo credit to owner)

The Japan Prime Minister said that the Philippines and his nation will continue to be “strategic partners” and are “closely cooperating in the area of security as well.”

“While we will continue to engage in joint exercises and provide support in capacity building, we also intend to deepen our dialogue on the policy front,” Abe said.

“Both being maritime nations,” he said, “Japan and the Philippines share basic values and strategic interests.”

“During the course of the meeting this afternoon, we confirmed plans to strengthen our partnership as we confront such challenges as the realization of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific based on the rule of law, full implementation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions towards the denuclearization of North Korea and early resolution of the abduction issue,” Abe said.

“With another milestone reached today, I look forward to working hand in hand with President Duterte to further deepen the bond of friendship between Japan and the Philippines and to contribute to regional and global peace and prosperity,” Abe added.

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