Africa Conference to Call for Rules-Based Maritime Order

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 27 (Jiji Press)--Participants at a Japan-led African development conference in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, from Wednesday are expected to issue a declaration stressing the need for maintaining maritime order under the rule of law, it was learned Tuesday.

The Yokohama declaration is set to be adopted after a session among leaders on Friday, the final day of the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development, or TICAD VII.

A draft of the document calls for "maintaining a rules-based maritime order" to combat illegal activities in the waters around Africa. The wording is believed to be a rebuke to China, which has been expanding activities off the coasts of the continent, according to informed sources.

Many African countries are stuck in so-called debt traps as they gave up economic and political concessions after failing to repay massive loans from the Asian powerhouse.

The conference will bring together leaders of Japan and from African countries, and representatives from aid donor nations for Africa, international organizations and private-sector companies.

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