Japan - Southeast Asia

Chronology from May 2017 to May 2018

: Agreement between Japan and Malaysia on the transfer of defense equipment and technology is signed.

: First Japan-Singapore Joint Committee Meeting on Cooperation in Science and Technology is held.

: Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and US Navy conduct a joint training exercise with JDS Ise and the USS Carl Vinson in the South China Sea.

: Coast guards from Japan and Malaysia conduct an antipiracy exercise near Kuantan.

: Japanese Prime Minister Kono Taro visits Rakhine State, Myanmar.

: Prime Minister Abe meets Myanmar President Htin Kyaw in Tokyo.

: Sri Lanka government hands over Hambantota port on a 99-year lease agreement to the China Merchant Ports Holdings.

: Japan-Myanmar summit is held in Manila. Japan pledges yen-loan-financed projects (approximately ¥117 billion), including the Agricultural Income Improvement Project.

: The 12th East Asia Summit is held in Manila. Prime Minister Abe emphasizes the political, economic, and security contributions that the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy could make in the region.

: Japan-Philippines summit and a Japan-Brunei summit are held in Manila.

: Japan-ASEAN summit is held in Manila. Japan expresses support for positive development of the South China Sea, including the code of conduct negotiation.

: Ninth Mekong-Japan summit is held; Japan emphasizes high-quality infrastructure development based on international standards.

: The Japan-Malaysia summit is held in Manila.

: A Japan-Vietnam summit is held in Tokyo.

: President Trump visits Tokyo and discusses the “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy” with Prime Minister Abe.

: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte visits Japan and a Japan-Philippines summit is held in Tokyo. A joint statement on bilateral cooperation is issued, which reassures delivery of Japan’s ¥1 trillion aid package in the next 5 years, including contributions to the Mindanao peace process and the Anti-Illegal Drug Measures campaign.

: Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai meets Prime Minister Abe and expresses support for the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy.

: Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) conducts joint training with the Philippine Navy, including a search and rescue exercise involving a MSDF P-3C aircraft in the South China Sea.

: Japan-Cambodia summit held in Tokyo. Prime Minister Hun Sen expresses support for Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy.

: Seventh East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers Meeting is held in Manila. Japan supports making maritime cooperation and counter terrorism priority areas for EAS. Japan and several states address the importance of the 2016 South China Sea arbitration award.

: ASEAN-Japan Post Ministerial Meeting adopts the Revised Implementation Plan of the Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.

:   Japan-Singapore summit held in Hamburg, Germany on sidelines of the G20 meeting.

: Coast guards of Japan and Vietnam conduct joint training near DaNang.

: Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith visits Japan and a Japan-Laos summit is held in Tokyo. Japan and Laos confirm steady progress of the 2016 Japan-Lao PDR Joint Development Cooperation Plan.

: Prime Minister Abe Shinzo visits Vietnam and a Japan-Vietnam summit is held in DaNang. Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc expresses support for the initiative Japan took under the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy.

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