Japan proposes joint naval training with Germany

Tokyo-Japan has proposed on Tuesday that German frigate will conduct naval training with Germany when it visits Asia later this year, the Japanese government said.

According to a statement from the Government of Japan, the proposal was made during the first security dialogue between the Japanese and German Foreign Ministers and Defense Ministers, and both sides agreed to further investigate the issue.

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi met with German Foreign Minister Mars and Defense Minister Annegret Kramp Karenbauer through a video conference.

Last month, German officials said a German frigate would depart for Asia in August and would be the first German warship to cross the South China Sea on its return trip since 2002.

In a security dialogue, the German and Japanese ministers exchanged views on the situation in the East China Sea and the South China Sea and agreed on the importance of a rule-based international order, according to a government statement.

China claims almost all of the energy-rich waters of the South China Sea, which established military outposts on artificial islands. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also claim parts of the ocean.

In the East China Sea, Beijing claims a group of unmanned Japanese-controlled islets, and the conflict has long plagued bilateral relations.

Kiyoshi Takenaka