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No nation can secure peace on its own: Abe

Published on May 31, 2014 7:03 AM
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (third from right) touring the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort yesterday, accompanied by chief executive officer George Tanasijevich (far left). Japan is said to be mulling plans to liberalise its casino industry to boost tourism and investments. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM

SINGAPORE - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday outlined his vision for a more robust Japanese role in the region's peace and security, arguing at the opening of a top defence forum here that no country could secure peace on its own in a complex new environment.

Mr Abe did not directly name China as being the country responsible for the change. But he left his audience at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in little doubt by repeatedly using language that Tokyo had employed in criticising Beijing's behaviour in the region's territorial disputes.

"Movement to consolidate changes to the status quo by aggregating one fait accompli after another can only be strongly condemned," Mr Abe added in his keynote speech - the first by a Japanese leader at the forum - in which he dwelt at length on the need to observe international maritime laws.

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