A Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force SH-60 helicopter lands on the flight deck of the USS John S. McCain in the South China Sea, Oct. 12, 2020.U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Markus Castaneda
Japan joined the U.S. for an exercise in the South China Sea after engaging in a bit of defense diplomacy with Indonesia and Vietnam that was not welcomed by the region’s other key power – China.
Japan has signed a ¥36.6 billion ($345 million) loan agreement with Vietnam to provide the Southeast Asian country with six patrol boats to boost its maritime law enforcement capabilities, as Beijing steps up its claims in the South China Sea.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a news conference in Hanoi, Vietnam January 16, 2017. REUTERS/Kham
HANOI: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday promised Vietnam six new patrol boats during a visit to the Southeast Asian country, which is locked in a dispute with China over the busy South China Sea.