Japanese Prime Minister Kishida urged ASEAN to implement “free Indo-Pacific region”
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attended the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit online from his office and urged participants to consolidate efforts to implement the concept of a “free and open Indo-Pacific region,” Kyodo reported.
“Efforts to realize (the concept of) a ‘free and open Indo-Pacific region’ must be confidently promoted,” Kishida said.
He proposed to hold a special summit of the organization in Japan in 2023 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the beginning of relations with ASEAN, which “will raise the relationship between Japan and ASEAN to a new level.”
During the summit, an exchange of views will take place on the issue of the East China and South China Seas, and cooperation within the framework of ASEAN’s own concept of the Indo-Pacific region will also be discussed.
As RIA Novosti was told earlier in the Japanese Foreign Ministry, Kishida will take part in the ASEAN, ASEAN + 3, East Asia summits. During the meetings, an exchange of views will take place on the fight against coronavirus, economic recovery, on problems around North Korea, the East China Sea, Myanmar and the regional agenda.
ASEAN has a population of 670 million, making the region a “global development center” in the middle of the Indo-Pacific region.
This is related to the increased attention of Japan to the implementation of the “free and open Indo-Pacific region.”