In Tokyo Philippine leader criticizes China over sea moves

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Since both countries are U.S. allies and share concerns over China’s maritime activity, the Philippines is extremely important to Japan, said Kenko Sone, spokesman at Japan’s Prime Minister’s Office.Asked about a U.S. role, Aquino said America’s presence is crucial to the region’s stability and that the international community should act proactively.In a speech at a conference organized by the Nikkei business newspaper, Aquino criticized what he called China’s “unlawful territorial claim” and hinted at similarities between Beijing’s land-reclamation in the South China Sea and Nazi Germany’s expansionist moves before World War II. He has drawn similar parallels in the past.Foreign Ministry officials said Monday that Abe and Aquino were also expected to expand their defense cooperation in other areas, including the transfer of Japanese military equipment and technology to the Philippines, possibly related to maritime reconnaissance. Tokyo eased a ban on military exports last year.In a speech to the upper house of Japan’s parliament, Aquino said that the maritime and coastal stability in the region is “at risk of being disrupted by attempts to redraw the geographic limits and entitlements outside those clearly bestowed by the law of nations.” Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of TOKYO (AP) — On his sixth visit to Japan in five years, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday criticized China’s assertiveness in regional seas, a concern shared by both countries as they deepen their ties.During his four-day visit, Aquino will hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe focusing on defense and security ties. They are expected to sign a deal confirming Japan’s provision of 10 patrol vessels to the Philippine coast guard to bolster its patrolling capability around Manila-claimed South China Sea islands. Comments   Share   4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Philippine President Benigno Aquino III delivers a keynote speech at the special session of the International Conference on “The Future of Asia” in Tokyo, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Aquino is in Japan for a four-day state visit. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies He praised Tokyo’s solidarity with the Philippines in advocating the problem and said “a country that we both have had difficulties with” was responsible for the problem, without mentioning China.Under Abe’s push to expand Japan’s international defense role, Japan has been expanding its defense cooperation with a number of countries to complement its cornerstone alliance with the U.S.Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said he held talks with his Australian counterpart, Kevin Andrews, in Tokyo and they shared concerns. “We both strongly oppose the attempt to change the status quo by force, as we share grave concern about China’s reclamation work,” Nakatani told reporters.Manila has protested over China’s stepped-up reclamation work on Philippine-claimed islands and its maneuvers against Filipino air patrols and fishermen.___Associated Press writer Teresa Cerojano in Manila, Philippines, contributed to this report.___Follow Mari Yamaguchi at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories Top Stories last_img read more

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