The first foreign visit after taking office as Prime Minister Suga was at 6:31 on October 21st.
Prime Minister Suga, who visited Vietnam and Indonesia, shared concerns with the leaders of both countries about China's expansion into the South China Sea and confirmed cooperation for the realization of a free and open Indo-Pacific.
We will continue to emphasize the importance of the rule of law at international conferences and other events, and contribute to the stabilization of the region.
Prime Minister Suga will visit Vietnam and Indonesia from the 18th of this month as the first foreign visit after taking office, hold summit meetings, and will return to Japan on the 21st.
At the meeting with Vietnam's Prime Minister Joko Widodo and Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, they shared concerns about China's expansion into the South China Sea and agreed to work closely towards the realization of a free and open Indo-Pacific.
We also confirmed the strengthening of cooperation in the security field, such as the transfer of defense equipment from Japan.
They also agreed to promote economic cooperation such as strengthening the supply chain in light of the spread of the new coronavirus infection.
During this visit, government officials confirmed cooperation with the two countries, which are positioned as the cornerstones of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, in a wide range of fields such as economy and security, and decided that Japan would be involved in this region as an Indo-Pacific nation. It is said that it was possible to show.
Prime Minister Suga will continue to emphasize the importance of the rule of law and freedom of navigation through the ASEAN-related summit meeting scheduled for next month, and will contribute to the stabilization of the region including the South China Sea.