A Japanese submarine takes part in an anti-submarine military exercise in the South China Sea in this 2018 file photo. Photo: EPA/Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Handout
A Japanese submarine takes part in an anti-submarine military exercise in the South China Sea in this 2018 file photo. Photo: EPA/Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Handout
Ding Duo
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Ding Duo

Japan’s diplomatic note on the South China Sea shows its self-interest at play

  • The timing of Tokyo’s note verbale, on the eve of Joe Biden’s inauguration as US president, is a signal of support for its ally
  • It also shows how lawfare will continue to be a factor in multilateralist, ‘rules-based’ efforts to stabilise the situation in the contested waterway

A Japanese submarine takes part in an anti-submarine military exercise in the South China Sea in this 2018 file photo. Photo: EPA/Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Handout
A Japanese submarine takes part in an anti-submarine military exercise in the South China Sea in this 2018 file photo. Photo: EPA/Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Handout
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