Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed to start the operation of a hotline between their defense authorities.
|The Japanese Defense Ministry in Tokyo (Photo: asahi.com) |
Tokyo - Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed to start the operation of a hotline between their defense authorities.
The agreement was reached at a vice-ministerial meeting in Tokyo on March 15, making Japan the first country to have such a hotline with ASEAN.
It was Japan's first face-to-face vice-ministerial meeting with ASEAN members in four years.
In 2017, ASEAN set up a permanent defense hotline for its member states. It is calling on non-member countries to take part as well.
2023 marks the 50th year of ASEAN-Japan partnership (1973-2023) and 20th anniversary of the bilateral strategic partnership (2003-2023).
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