Japan, ASEAN Agree On Importance Of Free Navigation In South China Sea

Japan, ASEAN Agree On Importance Of Free Navigation In South China Sea

Andrew H. Sweet

The Japanese Foreign Minister invited the leaders of the ASEAN countries to Japan for a summit in 2023 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of building friendship and cooperative relationships between Tokyo and the regional bloc.

The ministers also discussed cooperation in responding to the coronavirus pandemic, with Japan pledging to provide more vaccine doses (9.6 million vaccine doses so far) and support for the health care system in the ASEAN countries.

Japan and ASEAN ministers also agreed on the importance of stripping North Korea of its nuclear and missile development programs.

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