Daily Memo: Japan’s Energetic Diplomacy, Sino-Russian Gas Trade

Japan's new prime minister is wasting no time reaching out to Southeast Asia.

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Suga in Vietnam. New Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga isn’t wasting time taking advantage of Southeast Asian countries’ desire for deeper regional involvement from powers besides China and the United States. Making his first state visit to Hanoi, Suga and his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, agreed to a slew of military and economic deals. These included an agreement in principle to supply Vietnam with military gear and technology, as well as deals on disaster relief and on reopening business travel between the two countries. Suga in Indonesia. The next stop on Suga’s tour is Indonesia, where the prime minister is expected to offer a hefty financial aid package to help Jakarta recover from its still-unchecked coronavirus outbreak. Suga will also reportedly propose a new annual bilateral defense dialogue with Jakarta. Indonesia’s defense minister, meanwhile, is in the United States, where he and U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper reached a vague agreement on boosting bilateral military and security cooperation. Indonesia is extremely reluctant to get pulled into a regional framework against China, though, as evidenced by a report that it rejected a U.S. request to land P-8 surveillance planes in the archipelagic country. Sino-Russian energy relations. On Monday, for the […]

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