2022.01.21 01:42Nation

「円滑化協定」視野に議論開始 日仏、防衛協力強化で一致


2022.01.21 01:42Nation

Japan, France Vow to Enhance Defense Cooperation at 2-Plus-2 Talks

The Japanese and French governments agreed to enhance their defense cooperation at so-called two-plus-two talks among their foreign and defense ministers on Thursday, aiming to keep China's hegemonic moves in check.
   The two sides also confirmed that they will start working-level talks, with a view to concluding a reciprocal access agreement, or RAA, that serves as a legal basis for mutual visits by Japan's Self-Defense Forces and the French military.
   The two-plus-two talks between Japan and France, held via video conference, were the first since January 2019 and the sixth so far.
   The virtual meeting was attended by Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, as well as their French counterparts, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Florence Parly, respectively.
   In a joint statement released after the talks, the two governments said they will oppose China's unilateral attempts to change the status quo and its coercion in the East China Sea and the South China Sea.