Japan pushes back
Keeping China at bay.
Coast Guard to set up body to promote maritime safety in Southeast Asia
TOKYO — The Japan Coast Guard plans to establish an organization dedicated to helping Southeast Asian countries improve maritime safety capabilities, apparently as part of Japan’s moves to deal with China’s assertiveness at sea, JCG officials said.
The coast guard aims to build stronger ties with counterparts in the region as part of Japan’s drive to enshrine the rule of law in coping with disputes in the South China Sea, where surrounding countries including China have competing territorial claims, they said.
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