Japan-Indonesia Sign Arms Transfer Pact

Japan and Indonesia have now signed an agreement which will allow the transfer of the former’s military equipment and technology to the latter in a strengthening of defense relations amidst concerns over China’s maritime assertion in the region. 

The two nations signed the deal during its foreign and defense ministerial meeting or the “2+2” meeting in Tokyo, which among others aimed to “continue consultations on defense equipment and technology cooperation and further promote service to service cooperation,” in an earlier press release. 

On Tuesday, Indonesian defense minister Prabowo Subianto and Japanese counterpart Nobuo Kishi have agreed to participate in joint military exercises and development of its islands in the South China Sea. 

Japan’s foreign ministry in a statement said that the two nations “shared grave concern over the continuation and escalation of an attempt to change the status quo by force,” as China’s Coast Guard Law came into force. 

Moreover, the ministers also discussed the worsening situation in Myanmar and have affirmed their close cooperation on the matter, they said in the statement.

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