Japan defense chief tells ASEAN rules-based order key to Indo-Pacific

Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said Wednesday during talks with his ASEAN counterparts that maintaining a rules-based international order in the Indo-Pacific region is important, apparently with China’s growing maritime assertiveness in mind.

In pushing for Japan’s vision of a “free and open” Indo-Pacific, Kishi called for a regional code of conduct in the South China Sea to be “effective, substantial and consistent with international law,” his ministry said in a press release.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Beijing are crafting the code of conduct to defuse tensions in the disputed areas.

In full: https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2022/06/b65983795302-japan-asean-defense-chiefs-meet-in-cambodia-as-china-clout-grows.html

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