Japan, Cambodia agree to work together on China’s maritime activities in the South China Sea

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen in Phnom Penh on Sunday and agreed to work together on China’s maritime activities in the South China Sea and North Korean issues.

Kishida also expressed respect for Cambodia’s proactive efforts to break the deadlock in the Myanmar situation, NHK World reported.

During their joint press conference, Kishida said a visit to Phnom Penh reminded him of the preciousness of peace. He said he greatly respects the indomitable spirit of the Cambodian people, who rebuilt their country after a devastating civil war.

The leaders of Japan and Cambodia also exchanged views on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and agreed to work together to protect international order, NHK World reported.

They agreed not to accept any attempt to change the status quo by force anywhere in the world, in reference to the Russian-Ukrainian war.

The two leaders confirmed the close cooperation between their countries at international meetings and other occasions, including meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (which Cambodia is chairing this year.

Kishida said Japan plans to hold a special summit and invite ASEAN leaders, including Hun Sen. He noted that next year the two countries would mark the 70th anniversary of their diplomatic relations, NHK World reported.

Hun Sen said that regarding the Ukrainian crisis, he calls for an immediate end to the use of force and peaceful dialogue through diplomacy.

He said Cambodia expresses gratitude and appreciation for Japan’s economic support and infrastructure development. Hun Sen added that his country intends to continue cooperating with Japan in security and other areas, NHK World reported.

Kishida then told reporters that it was important to point out exchanges with other Asian countries at the Group of Seven (G7) summit scheduled for Thursday.

He noted that Japan was the only Asian nation to participate, and pledged to promote unity among the international community. (ANI)

Sara H. Byrd