Uphold rule of law at sea, urges Japanese foreign minister


Amid growing tensions in the South China Sea, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has called on regional countries to uphold the rule of law to maintain peace and stability in the region.

He also urged Asean to “strengthen its unity” as well as exert “its centrality in regional cooperation in East Asia”.

Speaking yesterday in Bangkok on the second leg of his eight-day Asia tour which includes Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam, Mr Kishida told the audience at Chulalongkorn University: “The area where the principle of the ‘rule of law’ is now most at stake is maritime security.”