WASHINGTON– Japan’s defense minister states its forces will increase engagement in the South China Sea as a result of training cruises with the United States Navy and multilateral workouts with local navies.
Newly designated Defense Minister Tomomi Inada states Japan will likewise assist construct the capability of seaside countries. She was speaking ahead her very first conference with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter Thursday in Washington.
Japan, a close U.S. ally, is not amongst the nations asserting area in the contested South China Sea however shares U.S. issue about China’s assertive habits there.
Japan has a different territorial conflict with China over vacant islands they both assert further north in the East China Sea.
Inada states she is open to useful discussion with China on avoiding accidents in between their forces at sea and in the air.