Maritime security pact
BOGOR, INDONESIA: Japan and Indonesia agreed yesterday to strengthen co-operation on maritime security amid tensions over China’s military build-up in the disputed South China Sea.
“As maritime countries, maritime co-operation is a priority,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said after talks with President Joko Widodo in Bogor. “We agreed to enhance co-operation on maritime security.”
Japan and Indonesia are not claimants to South China Sea territory, but Abe said the dispute “directly affects security and stability in the region”.