During a meeting with heads of defense ministries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said that Tokyo is concerned about the movements of Russian and Chinese warships. According to Kishi’s report, the units have recently taken courses all over Japan. “This is a show of force,” the minister added.
Since mid-June, Kishi said, Japan has confirmed the passage of five Russian ships, the Japan Times reports on Thursday.
Keshi added that three Chinese ships have taken a similar path recently, and six other Chinese military units sailed near the southern prefecture of Okinawa, departing from the East China Sea towards the Pacific Ocean between Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Japanese minister called the latest measures Russia and China with “show of strength” and “shaking of the sword”. He also said that it meant “almost spinning”. JapanIt stipulated that this situation should be “carefully monitored”.
Striving to strengthen relationships
Referring to the ongoing Russian invasion of UkraineAt a press conference after the ministers’ talks, Keshi said that the attempt to introduce “a unilateral change of the status quo by force” is not only of interest to Europe but could happen in the Indo-Pacific region in the future.
The Phnom Penh talks are taking place at a time when Japan seeks to strengthen its security relationship with the ten ASEAN countries, as well China Its military influence has expanded in the region, Japan’s Kyodo Agency writes.
The agency asserts that Southeast Asia is a region of strategic importance that includes major sea routes, including the South China Sea, which is the source of territorial disputes between some ASEAN members and China.
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