Kishida tells Marcos he wants to strengthen economic ties with the Philippines

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr of the Philippines on Wednesday and said he wanted to strengthen cooperation in priority areas for the Philippine leader, such as agriculture, energy, health and infrastructure. , said a Japanese spokesperson. The leaders hosted a working lunch on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

“The two leaders agreed to continue to convene the Joint High-Level Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation to elevate bilateral cooperation to a higher level,” the Japanese ministry’s press secretary told reporters. of Foreign Affairs, Hikariko Ono. Kishida also said at the meeting that “the international community should oppose unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force in the East and South China Seas, as well as economic coercion,” the spokesperson said. speech in apparent reference to the Chinese activity regularly criticized by Japan. .

Japan has said that after Marcos’ election in May, it wants to continue cooperation in infrastructure development, including railways, development of Subic Bay, as well as security and law enforcement. coastguards.

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