ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronEye IconIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailMenu BurgerPositive ArrowIcon PrintIcon SearchSite TitleTitle ChevronIcon Twitter
Politics

Abe to preach freedom of navigation at East Asia Summit

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to stress the need for the rule of law in the South China Sea in upcoming East Asia and ASEAN-related summits, focusing on freedom of navigation and taking indirect aim at Beijing's island-building. 

    Abe will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama ahead of the East Asia Summit, scheduled for Nov. 21-22 in Malaysia, to discuss the matter. He will also seek to gain support from Association of Southeast Asian Nations members such as the Philippines and Vietnam. But China, with Premier Li Keqiang slated to attend the summit, is sure to resist including such concerns in joint statements.

     In the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus ended Nov. 4, the U.S. faced fierce opposition from China for trying to include "freedom of navigation" for the South China Sea in a joint statement. As a result, the meeting ended without a joint statement.

     China has resorted to checkbook diplomacy in drawing ASEAN members to its side, offering economic assistance, including infrastructure development, to those countries. Their consideration for China prevented the chairperson's statement from last year's East Asia Summit, held in Myanmar, from directly condemning China. The document merely noted accelerated efforts to devise a code of conduct focused on a peaceful resolution of the South China Sea conflict.

(Nikkei)

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

You have {{numberArticlesLeft}} free article{{numberArticlesLeft-plural}} left this monthThis is your last free article this month

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia;
the most dynamic market in the world.

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia

Get trusted insights from experts within Asia itself.

Get trusted insights from experts
within Asia itself.

Get Unlimited access

You have {{numberArticlesLeft}} free article{{numberArticlesLeft-plural}} left this month

This is your last free article this month

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia; the most
dynamic market in the world
.

Get trusted insights from experts
within Asia itself.

Try 3 months for $9

Offer ends October 31st

Your trial period has expired

You need a subscription to...

  • Read all stories with unlimited access
  • Use our mobile and tablet apps
See all offers and subscribe

Your full access to the Nikkei Asian Review has expired

You need a subscription to:

  • Read all stories with unlimited access
  • Use our mobile and tablet apps
See all offers
NAR on print phone, device, and tablet media