Japan, PH to discuss 'regional matters'

Posted at 06/18/14 6:11 PM

MANILA - President Benigno Aquino III and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will discuss “regional matters” during their summit meeting in Tokyo next week.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said, “According to the [Department of Foreign Affais], the meeting is an opportunity for the President and PM Abe to exchange views on recent regional developments and to discuss areas of cooperation to enhance the Philippines-Japan Strategic Partnership."

The meeting comes amid China’s strained relations with the Philippines and Japan over maritime disputes.

China claims Japan’s Senkaku islands and has declared an air defense identification zone over Japanese waters.

Separately, China also maintains presence in Philippine areas in the West Philippine Sea such as in the Mabini Reef, Ayungin Shoal, Scarborough Shoal and the Kalayaan Island group.

Malacanang announced the summit meeting this week.