PH, Japan to discuss maritime cooperation
MANILA - The Philippines and Japan, two countries each with a maritime dispute with China, will be holding a dialogue on cooperation this week. This will only be the second dialogue between the two countries since 2011.
In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs said representatives from both sides “will discuss various areas of cooperation particularly in maritime safety, maritime security, anti-piracy measures, fisheries and marine scientific research.”
The Philippine delegation will be headed by Assistant Secretary Gilberto G.B. Asuque, DFA Office of the Undersecretary for Special and Ocean Concerns, as Chair, and Special Assistant Henry Bensurto, DFA Office of the Undersecretary for Policy, as Co-Chair. The Japanese delegation will be headed by Mr. Kenji Kanasugi, Deputy Director-General for Southwest and Southeast Asian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
The 2nd Dialogue on Maritime and Oceanic Affairs will be held at the DFA main building on Friday, February 22.
Also in attendance are representatives from the Department of National Defense, Philippine Coast Guard, Maritime Industry Authority, National Mapping and Resource Information Authority and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.
The Japanese delegation will also be composed of representatives from MOFA, Secretariat of the Headquarters for Ocean Policy of the Cabinet Secretariat, Ministry of Defense and the Coast Guard.
Japan has criticized China for its naval aggression over a chain of remote islands in the East China Sea it tagged as Senkaku. The Chinese calls them Diaoyu.