- Japan and the Philippines are expected to sign the latest defense agreement between the two countries next week
- The deal will allow Tokyo to supply Manila with military equipment and technology
- The agreement is the first of its kind between two Asian nations
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines and Japan will be finalizing the deal on transfer of military equipment and technology that was earlier agreed on principle during last year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Manila.
The agreement between the two allied nations is expected to be signed next week and will facilitate the transfer of war-fighting equipment from Tokyo to Manila.
Japan has promised to help the Philippine Coast Guards (PCG) to acquire 10 patrol boats through financial assistance to beef up its maritime security amid the escalating tension between Manila and Beijing in the West Philippine Sea.
Other potential export items under the latest defense agreement are P-3C patrol aircraft and radar-related equipment.
The Tokyo-Manila deal is the first of its kind among Asian nations and was reached after Japan eased its constitutional restrictions on arms export; a move that triggered strong opposition from China.
The latest development came amid growing concerns on China’s deployment of surface-to-air missiles to the Paracel’s Woody Island off the coast of Vietnam a few weeks ago.
In November, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III both acknowledged the significance of boosting the military and security ties between the two countries in the face of the growing challenge brought by China’s rapid militarization of island-features in the disputed waters. (Click here to read more)