Duterte backs Japan vs North Korea

Abe hails

Abe hails "fresh start" to Japan-China ties after Xi meeting

"We have said it several times already in the past that it is not to the interest of North Korea to swagger around and threaten the world, of keeping us hostage with the atomic weapons", he added.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and counterparts from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations held the annual Japan-ASEAN summit on Monday in Manila, at which Abe said Japan and ASEAN should lead the development of a "free and open" global order.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discuss matters during their bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017.

"Japan will strongly push forward ASEAN by exercising leadership so that integration goes even further as a community", Abe said in his opening remarks during the summit. Japan also enjoys robust bilateral relations with most of the 10 ASEAN members. Duterte said the Asean was trying to persuade Kim to stop his aggressiveness as this may bring the world to the point of no return."That is why we are persuading him, maybe pleading him to stop the aggressive posture because we are not..."

According to Japanese officials, Abe will seek to strengthen cooperation between Japan and ASEAN to lead the pursuit of a "free and open" order.

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated his country's commitment to helping the Southeast Asian bloc, pledging money to to "enhance maritime law enforcement capacity", as well as assist countries "in response to the rising threat of terrorism in Asia".

In the area of improving quality of life, Abe said Japan is committed to help ASEAN in promoting a society where people just don't live long but can enjoy healthy longevity. He also proposed that Japan and China cooperate in doing business in third countries.

In closing, Abe raised the nuclear and missile issues of North Korea saying that it was a "grave and imminent threat" that his country should never experience.

"We need to use every means, including the complete implementation of the (U.N.) Security Council resolutions, to raise pressure on North Korea to the maximum possible extent and make it change its policies", Abe said at the outset of the talks.

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