June 11, 2022
Japan Ministry of Defense
On June 11, 2022, Defense Minister KISHI, who was visiting Singapore to attend the IISS Asia Security Conference (Shangri-La Dialogue), held a meeting with Minister of National Defense of Canada, the Hon Anita Anand. The summary of the meeting is as follows:
- The two ministers exchanged views on the regional situations and reaffirmed their continued close cooperation amid Russia’s aggression against Ukraine undermines the foundations of the international order. Regarding the situations in the East China Sea and the South China Sea, the ministers reiterated their will to strongly oppose any attempt to unilaterally change the status quo by force and any action to increase tensions.
- The ministers shared the view that the North Korea's increasing nuclear and missile activities by North Korea pose a serious challenge to the international community as a whole. Minister Kishi expressed that he highly valued Canada’s continued deployment of its assets for monitoring and surveillance activities against illicit maritime activities including North Korea’s illegal ship-to-ship transfers. The ministers reaffirmed their commitment to closely coordinating toward the complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement of all of North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile of all ranges.
- The ministers affirmed they would continue to vigorously promote bilateral defense cooperation and exchanges, including active conduct of exercises in the Indo Pacific region, to uphold and reinforce the Free and Open Indo-Pacific.