Japan bats for increased cooperation in Indo-Pacific region to counter China’s expansion

Batting for increased cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, Japan Defence Minister Taro Kono pitched for a larger regional mechanism to counter Chinese expansion.

Speaking at a webinar held by Washington-based Center for Strategic & International Studies, Kono, said that “we need to force China to pay some cost when they are violating international rules, international norms.”

Adding that the US and Japan alone cannot do it, Kano said “we need to work with the global community. So a larger regional mechanism or global mechanism would be necessary.”

‘We need to work with the global community’

Indo Pacific region is largely viewed as an area comprising the Indian Ocean and the western and central Pacific Ocean, including the South China Sea, reported ANI.

Analysts see China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea as a plan to advance into the Indian Ocean which has subsequently challenged the established rules-based system.

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