- Title: Japan's Abe calls for peaceful solution of South China Sea dispute
- Date: 15th January 2017
- Summary: BOGOR, WEST JAVA PROVINCE, INDONESIA (JANUARY 15, 2017) (REUTERS) **** WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **** WIDODO AND ABE ARRIVING FOR JOINT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) INDONESIAN PRESIDENT, JOKO WIDODO SAYING: "Indonesia and Japan have agreed to increase economic partnership including the building plan of Patimban port in West Java and, secondly, to develop the Masela gas block and, third, is an initial discussion for a railway project connecting Jakarta to the Southeast Asian nation's capital and second-biggest city, Surabaya, and also building an integrated maritime and fishery at Indonesian foremost islands." INDONESIAN MINISTERS LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (Japan) JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER, SHINZO ABE, SAYING: "South China Sea issue has been a concern for the entire international community that directly affects the peace and stability of the region, again we assert the importance of the principle of solving the dispute peacefully." JAPAN DELEGATION LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (Japan) JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER, SHINZO ABE, SAYING: "About North Korea, particularly nuclear and missile development which has become a threat at the new stage, we exchanged views on the implementation explicitly, the U.N. Security Council and so on. In addition, we reassure that both countries will cooperate on the issue of abduction of Japanese nationals by North Korea which the most important challenge for our government to resolve." CAMERA OPERATOR WIDODO AND ABE SHAKING HAND AND LEAVING THE ROOM
- Embargoed: 29th January 2017 13:40
- Location: BOGOR, WEST JAVA PROVINCE, INDONESIA
- City: BOGOR, WEST JAVA PROVINCE, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0065Z6XUTH
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- Story Text: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during his visit to Indonesia on Sunday (January 15) that it was important to solve the South China Sea dispute peacefully.
Abe made the comments after meeting Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the presidential palace in Bogor.
Abe is in Indonesia on a two-day visit aimed at strengthening maritime security and economic ties.
Widodo told a joint news conference with Abe that the two countries have agreed to cooperate on a number of infrastructure projects.
Abe said they would also cooperate on the issue of abduction of Japanese nationals by North Korea. North Korea had admitted in 2002 to kidnapping 13 Japanese citizens decades ago. Five abductees and their families have later returned to Japan but Tokyo wants to know the fate of the remaining eight, who Pyongyang had said were dead.
Japanese Prime Minister is on a six-day trip to the region visiting the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Indonesia is the third nation on his itinerary. He is scheduled to leave for Vietnam on Monday.
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