The international community should work together to resolve the South China Sea issue “peacefully”, agreed Japan and Vietnam.
Takeshi Iwaya, Defence Minister of Japan and his Vietnamese counterpart General Ngo Xuan Lich had bilateral talks. Iwaya has reported expressing “regret” on China attempting to change the status quo of the South China Sea.
He urged the International community to “speak up”
China has been claiming sovereignty over the South China Sea and its untapped 11 billion barrel of oil and 190 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Several countries including Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have condemned China on the grounds of breaching their territory.
However, China in recent years has increased its military activity in the sea by conducting naval exercises.
Iwaya and Lich have also agreed to advance the cooperation between Japan’s Self- Defense Forces and Vietnam’s military in maritime security and to maintain peace and stability of the region.
The two leaders also vowed to work together to denuclearise North Korea.