Japan to join Indonesia’s Garuda Shield military exercise for first time next month

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said his country will participate for the first time in military exercises in Indonesia next month. He welcomed Indonesian President Joko Widodo to Tokyo today (July 27). Japan will provide maritime security support to ensure peace and safety at sea in the Indo-Pacific region. Jakarta has expressed concerns about China’s encroachment on its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea. Japan has also pledged more than $300 million in loans to Indonesia for infrastructure projects and disaster prevention.

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