Defense Ministers of Japan and Vietnam have agreed to oppose a one-sided attempt to change the “forced” status quo in rural waters, which appears to refer to China’s assertive activity in the East China Sea and South China Sea. ..
Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and Defense Minister Phan Van Giang of Vietnam discussed regional security in regional waters at a meeting on November 23 and confirmed their cooperation in maintaining the existing international order.
The meeting was held in Tokyo the day after Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chin and his aides arrived for a four-day visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
The two Ministers reaffirmed the importance of countries in compliance with international law, while respecting navigational and air freedom. according to To the Self-Defense Forces.
The two countries have signed two agreements on cybersecurity and military medicine. Under this agreement, Japan will strengthen its support for Vietnam in addressing cyberattacks and medical-related issues.
Mr. Kishi told reporters that the Cyberspace Agreement aims to address the “strong sense of urgency” for activities in the Indo-Pacific region that challenge the existing international order, without identifying the country by name. He said it indicates China.
The meeting with Van Van Jung “raised the defense cooperation between the two countries to a new level,” he said.
“Japan and Vietnam have agreed to contribute more positively to the peace and stability of the region and the international community by leveraging each other’s strengths and resources,” Kishi told the media after the meeting. Kyodo News..
Japan has recently strengthened its cyber defense cooperation with the United States, Australia and other partners and participated in NATO’s cyberspace exercises in April. Japan has also held cybersecurity talks with Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia.
Japan’s Ministry of Defense said cyberattacks are part of a growing security threat from China as China becomes more aggressive in the region. This is a common concern for the United States and other allies in the region.
The agreement on Tuesday will be only two months after the two countries have signed an agreement permitting Japan to provide Vietnam with defense equipment and technology. Details of the relocation of certain equipment, perhaps naval vessels, are still under discussion.
Vietnam is 11NS A country where Japan has signed a defense equipment and technology transfer agreement as Tokyo seeks to support its struggling defense industry. Japan also aims to extend military cooperation beyond its long-standing ally, the United States, and has similar agreements with the United Kingdom, Australia, the Philippines and Indonesia.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.