PH, Japan seek halt in provocations in disputed S. China Sea

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi during a video teleconference, October 23, 2020. Department of National Defense/Handout  MANILA — The Philippines and Japan on Friday emphasized the need for countries to stop any activity that might provoke tensions in the disputed South China Sea, saying the conduct agreement negotiated by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China should be upheld.  Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, in a video teleconference, also pointed out the importance of freedom of navigation in…

PH, Japan affirm support for freedom of navigation in South China Sea

New Japanese defense minister Nobuo Kishi and Sec. Delfin Lorenzana meet for the first time through a video teleconference on Oct. 23, 2020. DND-PAS MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines and Japan affirmed commitment to upholding freedom of navigation in the South China Sea at the first meeting of new Japanese defense minister Nobuo Kishi and his Philippine counterpart, Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Friday (Oct. 23). “We call on concerned parties to desist from any action and activity that contravenes the Asean-China Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea…

US, Japan, Australia team up for naval exercises in South China Sea

The guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain linked up with the Royal Australian Navy and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force in the South China Sea to conduct naval exercises on Monday. The exercises, which signify the fifth time this year that the U.S. has conducted exercises in the 7th Fleet’s area of operations with Australia and Japan, aim to enhance the ability of forces to work together and maintain maritime security and readiness, the U.S. Navy said. Specifically, JMSDF’s destroyer JS Kirisame and the Australian Royal Navy’s frigate HMAS Arunta…

Japan PM pushes closer SE Asia ties | Crookwell Gazette

Japan’s new prime minister has pledged to help Southeast Asian nations boost their maritime security capabilities as he pushed his country’s vision for greater international cooperation to counter China’s influence in the region. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, speaking in the Indonesian capital on Wednesday, also took a thinly veiled dig at China’s activities in the disputed South China Sea. Beijing has built and militarised manmade islands in the sea and is pressing its claim to virtually all of its key fisheries and waterways. A number of Southeast Asian nations dispute…

Japan PM pushes closer SE Asia ties | Guardian News

Japan’s new prime minister has pledged to help Southeast Asian nations boost their maritime security capabilities as he pushed his country’s vision for greater international cooperation to counter China’s influence in the region. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, speaking in the Indonesian capital on Wednesday, also took a thinly veiled dig at China’s activities in the disputed South China Sea. Beijing has built and militarised manmade islands in the sea and is pressing its claim to virtually all of its key fisheries and waterways. A number of Southeast Asian nations dispute…

US, Japan, Australia Conduct Joint Exercises in the South China Sea

The US, Japan, and Australia conducted joint naval exercises in the South China Sea on Monday, the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet said on Tuesday. The drills marked the fifth time this year that the three countries had conducted exercises together in the Seventh Fleet’s areas of operations. The USS John McCain, a guided-missile destroyer, joined an Australian warship and a Japanese warship. “Operations together included surface, subsurface, and air defense exercises, and a variety of other training events to strengthen regional maritime security operations,” the Seventh Fleet said. “By operating…

Australia, Japan to ramp up engagement in South China Sea

The regional partners have agreed to enhance maritime activities in the South China Sea amid mounting concerns over “destabilising and coercive unilateral actions”, which threaten to “alter the status quo”, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has revealed. The regional partners have agreed to enhance maritime activities in the South China Sea amid mounting concerns over “destabilising and coercive unilateral actions”, which threaten to “alter the status quo”, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has revealed. Australian Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds met with Japan’s newly appointed Minister of Defense Kishi Nobuo in Tokyo…

DVIDS – News – U.S., Japan, Australia Conduct Trilateral Naval Exercises in South China Sea

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 20, 2020) – Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) in the South China Sea for multinational exercises, Oct. 19. Participants included John S. McCain, JS Kirisame (DD 104) of the JMSDF, and HMAS Arunta (FFH 151) of the RAN. These exercises marked the fifth time of 2020 that Australia, Japan, and the U.S. have conducted operations together in the 7th Fleet area of operations. Throughout the naval exercises,…

Japan, Australia warn on South China Sea

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has met her Japanese counterpart Kishi Nabuo in Tokyo where both warned against attempts to “change the status quo by coercion” in the South China Sea. In a joint statement on Monday night the ministers said their nations would continue to coordinate closely on the security situation in the region. They affirmed the importance of upholding freedom of navigation and overflight. Without naming China they reaffirmed their “serious concern” about the militarisation of disputed islands and reefs, “dangerous or coercive use” of coast guard vessels and…

Japan warns against illegal maneuvers in South China Sea

Oct. 19 (UPI) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga criticized disputed actions in the South China Sea during his first overseas trip after meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Suga, who did not mention China by name, denounced actions in the sea that “go against the rule of law” during a speech at Vietnam Japan University, Kyodo News reported Monday. “It is important that all nations involved work toward a peaceful resolution of conflicts in the South China Sea without resorting to force or coercion,” Suga said. Suga,…