Rules-based order key to Indo-Pacific security, Japan’s defense chief tells ASEAN

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Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said in talks with his ASEAN counterparts on Wednesday that it was important to maintain a rules-based international order in the Indo-Pacific region, apparently bearing in mind China’s growing maritime assertiveness.

Pushing for Japan’s vision of a ‘free and open’ Indo-Pacific, Kishi called for a regional code of conduct in the South China Sea to be ‘effective, substantial and consistent with international law’ , said his ministry in a press release.

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