JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.90

  SPECIAL FEATURE

The 16th IISS Asia Security Summit
– Shangri-La Dialogue –

The 16th IISS Asia Security Summit – Shangri-La Dialogue –

From June 3rd to 4th, Minister of Defense Inada attended the 16th IISS Asia Security Summit. During the summit, she delivered a speech and held meetings with the defense ministers of countries represented at the Summit.

Speech by Minister of Defense Inada (outline)

Minister Inada gave a speech on “Upholding the Rules-Based Regional Order,” which was the theme for the second plenary session. In her speech, Minister Inada pointed out that the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region is challenged from many corners. As measures to protect the rules-based order, she referred to and explained about Japan’s Legislation for Peace and Security, the continuous U.S. presence, and the strengthening of Japan-U.S. alliance etc. She called for the solidarity to protect the rules-based regional order with emphasis that international rules and the order they underpin are not self-sustaining.

Japan-U.S.-Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting

The Ministers exchanged views on the increasing challenges to regional security. They reaffirmed the importance of further increasing cooperation among countries with shared interests in the peace and stability of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, including India, the Republic of Korea (ROK), and other key regional partners.

Meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis

The 16th IISS Asia Security Summit – Shangri-La Dialogue –

The Ministers shared recognition that North Korea’s ballistic missile launches and nuclear development are flagrant provocation against Japan and the U.S. as well as the regional peace and stability, and these are unacceptable in any way. The Ministers exchanged views on situations in the East and South China Seas and reaffirmed that the Senkaku Islands fall within the scope of Article 5 of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty. The Ministers agreed on the need to further enhance the deterrence and response capabilities of the Japan-U.S. Alliance in light of the security environment, which is increasingly severe. Also, the Ministers agreed to steadily proceed with the realignment plan of the U.S. Forces in Japan.

Japan-U.S.-ROK Defense Ministerial Meeting

The 16th IISS Asia Security Summit – Shangri-La Dialogue –

During the meeting, the three Ministers held substantive discussions on North Korea, the regional security situation, and advancing defense cooperation. They strongly condemned North Korea’s recent provocative actions and concurred that North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs represent an immediate threat to regional and global security. They decided to continue holding consultations on trilateral security issues, and affirmed their continued strong commitment to promoting defense and security cooperation among Japan, the U.S. and the ROK in order to contribute to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world.

Meeting with ROK Minister of National Defense Han Minkoo

The 16th IISS Asia Security Summit – Shangri-La Dialogue –

The two Ministers exchanged views on the situation on North Korea. The Ministers commended the close communication between the two countries as exemplified by the ministerial teleconference and Japan-U.S.-ROK television conferences at Director General-level and Director-level in the wake of North Korea’s nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches, and agreed to coordinate and cooperate even more closely by swift exchange of information and Japan-U.S.-ROK joint exercises, etc.

Meeting with Singapore Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen

The 16th IISS Asia Security Summit – Shangri-La Dialogue –

Minister Inada paid her respect to Singapore’s efforts to host the Shangri-La Dialogue and also expressed her gratitude for allowing the JSDF vessels and aircraft to use Singapore’s port and airfield. The two Ministers also exchanged their views on the security environment in the region including the situation on North Korea.

Meeting with French Minister of Armed Forces Sylvie Goulard

The 16th IISS Asia Security Summit – Shangri-La Dialogue –

Defense Minister Inada conveyed a congratulatory message to Minister Goulard on her new position and welcomed the visible presence of France in this region. Minister of Armed Forces Goulard responded that France, as a Pacific nation, would continue its security engagement in the region.

Meeting with Malaysian Minister of Defence Hishammuddin Tun Hussein

The 16th IISS Asia Security Summit – Shangri-La Dialogue –

Minister Inada welcomed the progress of defense cooperation and exchanges in various areas such as unit-to-unit exchanges, capacity building cooperation and personnel exchanges. Minister Hishammuddin responded that Malaysia attaches high importance to the defense cooperation with Japan including early conclusion of the agreement concerning the transfer of defense equipment and technology.

Meeting with New Zealand Minister of Defence Mark Mitchell

The 16th IISS Asia Security Summit – Shangri-La Dialogue –

It was the first ministerial meeting between Minister Inada and Minister Mitchell. The Ministers commended the active personnel exchanges between the two countries that have been taking place at various levels including the Vice-Minister-level visit. The Ministers also agreed to continuously enhance the bilateral relations as Strategic Cooperative Partners.

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