Japan FM to visit Philippines for security talks next week

Source:Xinhua Published: 2016/8/5 20:44:56

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday that he will visit the Philippines from Aug. 10 to discuss security issues.

Kishida said at a press conference that he will meet Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and Philippines Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay during the three-day visit.

"It is important to communicate with the new Philippines government. I would like to firmly confirm friendly ties," Kishida was quoted as saying.

Kashida is expected to talk with his Philippine counterpart about a variety of security issues, including Japan's provision of patrol vessels to the Philippines.

Kashida's visit came after an ad hoc arbitral tribunal with judges mostly picked by Shunji Yanai, a Japanese right-winger, issued a biased and illegal award over the South China Sea dispute.

Japan is not a concerned party in the South China Sea but constantly meddled in the issue despite China's protests.

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