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Japan, US to boost sea surveillance for Asean, says report

Joint initiative to help against pirates, natural disasters and China's assertive claims to disputed territories in the East and South China Seas, Japanese newspaper report says

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 19 April, 2014, 7:51pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 19 April, 2014, 7:54pm
 

Japan and the United States will pledge to jointly help Southeast Asian nations boost their marine surveillance capabilities, a Japanese newspaper said on Saturday, as tensions over territorial disputes in the region simmer.

US President Barak Obama will discuss the issue with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his visit to Japan next week. A deal is expected to be included in the joint statement signed by both leaders and issued after the summit meeting, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported.

Under the planned accord, the two countries are expected to offer patrol vessels to members of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (Asean), the mass-circulation daily said, citing unnamed sources.

They will also agree to train Asean coastguards and help the countries develop an information-sharing system against pirates and suspicious ships in the region, the newspaper said.

The Japan-US initiative is aimed at helping Asean members not only take effective measures against pirates and natural disasters but also boost their deterrence capacity against China’s assertive claim to disputed territories, it added.

“Improving Asean’s ocean surveillance capability will benefit Japan and the United States,” a Japanese government official said, according to Yomiuri.

China and Japan are at loggerheads over the ownership of a string of islands in the East China Sea, while Beijing is also in dispute with several nations over territory in the South China Sea, which it claims almost in its entirety.

 

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john.lone.75
Philippines and Vietnam should follow and align with Japan on weaponize their islands to protect against chinese aggressions. They should install early warning radars and communication systems, they should lay mines all around their control islands in new designated "no stress passing" zone, they must install long range 155mm cannons, they should install anti-ship and anti-submarine missile systems. They should learn from America's Marine Special Force about training marine mammals like dolphins and sea lions to help spot and search and destroy any chinese ships and submarines come near by or transit through their territorial waters.
 
 
 
 
 

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