Japan seeks defence ties with ASEAN amid China rows

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 - 19:33




Japan called for stronger security ties with Southeast Asia as Tokyo looks to boost alliances at a time of growing territorial tensions with China.


Vice-minister level representatives from Japan and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations began a two-day gathering at a Tokyo hotel, with several participating nations embroiled in sovereignty rows with Beijing.


The meeting is the first high-ranking defence dialogue of its kind since hawkish Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office late December following a landslide victory in general elections.