The Philippines’ President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has emphasised the importance of strengthening the country’s ties with Japan, going beyond economic cooperation to security and defence cooperation. President Marcos emphasized the significance of group efforts to safeguard stability and peace during a courtesy call by Komeito Party Chief Representative Hon. Yamaguchi Natsuo on Wednesday in light of the rising tensions in the area.
President Marcos welcomed the expansion of the bilateral agreements between the two nations, expanding beyond trade and investment to address current issues in the Asia-Pacific area, according to the Presidential Palace. “I suppose that now times have changed, and those agreements have gone beyond just trade, just business, just investment. President Marcos said during the meeting that we must now worry about regional security and defence challenges.
The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos, expressed concern about several issues, including North Korea’s continuous missile launches and nuclear tests. The Philippines’ head of state has requested greater collaboration among regional countries to promote peace due to these provocative measures, which have greatly heightened tensions with Japan, a neighbouring country. President Marcos highlighted that “we in the region must work together very hard to try to alleviate the tensions and make all the supporters of peace in the region be the dominant voice.”
President Marcos’ remarks were mirrored by Hon. Yamaguchi Natsuo of Japan’s Komeito Party, who also emphasised that his nation was willing to deepen its cooperation with the Philippines beyond just the economic area. Natsuo stated, “Japan actively supports the Philippines’ entry into the upper-middle income countries, both in the public and commercial sectors. We also would want to see various cooperations, not only in the areas of agriculture and military.
The conversations that took place during the courtesy call highlighted the shared desire of the Philippines and Japan to deepen their alliance while taking into account the changing geopolitical environment in the area. The leaders expressed confidence that improved security and defense cooperation, together with current economic relations, would support stability, advance peace, and advance shared interests.
President Marcos’ request for increased defense and security cooperation with Japan, as tensions in the Asia-Pacific region continue to rise, is a sign of how increasingly nations are realizing how important it is to cooperate in order to tackle complex problems and protect their citizens.