Abe, Duterte Reaffirm Cooperation on South China Sea (News)
Manila, Jan. 12 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte agreed Thursday that the two countries will continue to work together to ensure stability in the South China Sea, where Manila has a territorial dispute with Beijing.
The two leaders, meeting at the Malacanang Palace in Manila, also agreed that Japan will provide high-speed small boats to help the Philippines strengthen its fight against terrorism.
Abe offered to provide the Philippines with public-private economic cooperation worth some one trillion yen over the next five years to help the Southeast Asian country improve public infrastructure such as a subway system.
This marked the third meeting between Abe and Duterte. They last met in Japan in October.
Disputes in the South China Sea are "a concern for the whole international community that are directly linked to regional peace and stability," Abe said at a joint press conference held after his latest meeting with Duterte.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]