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Vice-President of Indonesia visits Japan, Prime Minister and Defense Minister pledge to strengthen defense cooperation

IndonesiaSemi-President and current Defense Minister Prabowo visits Beijing after visitJapanMet with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on the 3rd. Prabowo described the two countries as long-term friends with cooperative relations and expressed hope to further strengthen ties with Tokyo. Kishida also said he hoped to strengthen cooperation with Indonesia. Prabowo also met with Japanese Defense Minister Minoru Kihara on the same day and both sides agreed to enhance defense cooperation.

The Associated Press reported on the 3rd that Kishida welcomed Prabowo, who won the Indonesian elections in February, to visit Tokyo, saying the two countries are long-term friends who share core values ​​and principles. He hopes that Japan and India can serve as comprehensive strategic partners in the region and the world and further strengthen cooperation on this issue. Kishida also said Japan hopes to contribute to Indonesia’s development in areas such as infrastructure and energy, and enhance security and defense cooperation.

Later on the 3rd, Prabowo met Minoru Kihara. The defense ministers of Japan and India have vowed to strengthen defense cooperation, the Japanese Defense Ministry said. Kihara told reporters after the meeting that Japan and India are expanding joint exercises and training in the Indo-Pacific region and promoting capacity building and education plans. Kihara said they will strive to strengthen cooperation and build one country between Japan and India as two maritime nations. Also a free and open India based on the rule of law.

The Associated Press reported that in the face of China’s increasingly strong military influence, Japan is trying to build closer ties with Southeast Asian countries, especially in maritime security and defense.

Prabowo will take office in October, replacing current President Joko Widodo. After winning the election, Prabowo chose Beijing as the first stop of his foreign trip, intending to emphasize the stability of India-China relations at a time when tensions are rising in the South China Sea. Prabowo recently met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and promised to continue friendly policies with Beijing.

China is Indonesia’s largest trading partner, and Beijing has invested in several major infrastructure projects in Indonesia. Amid heightened tensions in the South China Sea between China and the Philippines, Indonesia has so far remained relatively neutral.

Kishida will visit Washington to meet the US President later this monthbidenand participated in the US-Japan-Philippines summit with Philippine President Marcos. It is expected that the leaders of the three countries will discuss matters to enhance security relations.

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