The leaders reviewed their past co-operation, discussed major orientations for co-operation in the future, and exchanged views on international and regional issues. Agreeing to lift the Mekong-Japan co-operation to a strategic partnership, the two sides said future co-operation would focus on three main pillars: vibrant and effective connectivity, a people-centred society, and co-operation in healthcare, education and justice. The Mekong-Japan co-operation projects had made considerable contributions to infrastructure, human resources development and environmental protection in the GMS nations. He stressed the urgency of ensuring peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation in and over the East Sea, calling for adherence to the 1982 UNCLOS, full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, and the swift finalisation of an efficient and effective Code of Conduct in the East Sea. At the end of the meeting, the leaders adopted the Tokyo Strategy 2018 for Mekong-Japan Co-operation in the 2019-2021 period.
Source: The Nation Bangkok October 09, 2018 21:56 UTC