Japan, US, PH to step up maritime security ties

U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Raymond Greene, center, delivers a speech as Japanese Parliamentary Vice Minister for Defense Kimi Onoda, left, and Embassy of the Philippines Chargé d’Affaires Robespierre Bolivar, right, listen in during an opening session of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on U.S. Japan Philippines cooperation in maritime security Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, in Tokyo. Maritime security experts from the United States, Japan, and the Philippines meet to discuss trilateral maritime security cooperation. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)© Provided by The Manila Times

US Deputy Chief of Mission Raymond Greene said disregard for international law and heavy-handed actions by Beijing are aimed at increasing its control over the region. “Specifically, the increasingly hostile maritime actions by the People’s Republic of China threaten the safety of our waterways,” he said at a news conference ahead of a meeting of officials from the three countries.Why seniors with nerve foot pain are raving about these socksAdWell-Being-Review.com

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“No one nation should be able to dominate Indo-Pacific waters through coercion and outright intimidation,” he said. “Might does not make right and we do not shy away from calling out Beijing’s provocative actions.”

He said China’s actions included a militarization of the East and South China Seas, harassment of foreign fishing and other vessels, and depletion of maritime resources and the environment.

China ranks second highest in military spending after the United States and is rapidly modernizing its forces. It says its military is purely for defense and to protect its sovereign rights.

Japan sees China as a regional security threat and worries about growing tensions surrounding Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its territory. Tokyo also is concerned about increasing cooperation between China and Russia and their joint military activities around Japan, including joint firing drills off northern Japan over the weekend.

Japanese Vice Defense Minister Kimi Onoda, also at the news conference, said Japan and the Philippines as maritime nations share security challenges, including attempts by other nations to singlehandedly change the status quo in the South and East China Seas.

Robespierre L. Bolivar, chargé d’affaires at the Philippine Embassy, said promotion of cooperation among the three countries is important to help protect the Philippines’ maritime interests.

About 20 maritime security officials and experts from the three countries are to discuss maritime security cooperation at the two-day session.

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