Asean at heart of Japan's Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy: Kono

As maritime hub, Singapore can play big role in strategy, says Japan Foreign Minister

The Straits Times speaks to Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Asean, North Korea, and the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy, in an exclusive interview.
Speaking to The Straits Times in an exclusive interview yesterday, ahead of a visit to Singapore next week, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Japan's Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy was not intended to compete with China's Belt and Road In
Speaking to The Straits Times in an exclusive interview yesterday, ahead of a visit to Singapore next week, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Japan's Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy was not intended to compete with China's Belt and Road Initiative or South Korea's New Southern Policy.PHOTO: INTERTELEMEDIA TOKYO

Asean is at the heart of Japan's Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy that seeks to promote the rule of law at sea and build high-quality infrastructure in areas across the Indian and Pacific oceans, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has said.

Speaking to The Straits Times in an exclusive interview yesterday, ahead of a visit to Singapore next week for meetings with his counterparts from Asean and its partners, Mr Kono said the strategy was not intended to compete with China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) or South Korea's New Southern Policy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 27, 2018, with the headline 'Asean at heart of Japan's Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy: Kono'. Subscribe