Japan is boosting financial aid and urging cooperation in maritime security with Pacific island countries to curb China's increasing presence in the region, analysts said.Small trouble.
Tokyo promised on Saturday to provide up to $500 million in aid to Pacific island countries over the next three years, as the two-day Sixth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting in Japan's Okinawa Prefecture drew to a close.
In the Okinawa Kizuna Declaration, Japanese and Pacific island leaders at the summit agreed to strengthen ties regarding maritime issues and disasters.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said that over the past three years, Japan had fulfilled its pledge to provide $493 million in aid for the island countries.
However, the phrase "containing China" has been in the headlines of Japanese media reports on the meeting. Nippon News Network said on Saturday that China is currently expanding its influence among the Pacific island countries and that Japan should take countermeasures.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
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