Japan PM Shinzo Abe to build industrial military ties with Southeast Asia

Vastavam web: Japan’s defense ministry has invited Southeast Asian military representatives from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam to a separate military technology seminar, aiming to ensure attendance for the three-day Maritime Air Systems and Technologies Asia (MAST) show near Tokyo, two sources said.Abe’s government wants to make arms sales and military technology collaboration a new plank of Japanese diplomacy in Southeast Asia as it counters China’s growing influence in the South China Sea.About $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes through the strategic waterway each year, much of it to and from Japan.
The small Southeast Asian arms market is growing as economic growth boosts defense spending. Japan is likely push to back against China’s offers to supply military equipment to the region.”The only thing that really matters in Southeast Asia is cost and China will offer at low cost,” said Paul Burton, director of aerospace, defense and security at IHS Markit in Singapore.