In an agreement signed by the top leaders of both countries during the state visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Thursday, January 12, as a maritime nation, President Rodrigo Duterte acknowledged their shared interest in keeping the water resources free from coastal threats through enhancing maritime resources.
They also agreed that Japan would provide high-speed boats to the Philippines.
Abe said United States engagement is needed to secure peace and prosperity in Asia. Davao City is the final stop of Abe's two-day official visit to the country.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte have affirmed their agreement on the importance of the U.S. contribution to the peace and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region ahead of the inauguration of Donald Trump amid uncertainty about the incoming USA president's foreign policy.
He first visited the Philippines in 2013.
Abe has nevertheless been supportive of improving ties between Manila and Beijing in light of the arbitral court ruling that invalidated China's claim to almost the whole of the South China Sea. He will later travel to Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Abe was the first foreign leader to visit the Philippines since Mr. Duterte took office just over six months ago.
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In a bid to foster Philippine development, he said Japan "will create business opportunities through official development assistance and private-sector investments, which, together, will be in the order of ¥1 trillion [$8.7 billion] over the next five years".
Japanese businessmen are looking forward to the lifting of constitutional restrictions on foreign direct investment, he said.
The two, he added, were at Duterte's home for 45 minutes and stayed in the bedroom for 10 minutes.
While Duterte has cozied up to China and Russian Federation, he has railed at President Barack Obama's outgoing administration for raising alarm over human rights concerns.
"We hope to fast-track the delivery to the Philippines of key assets already in the pipeline and the acquisition of new ones", Duterte said.
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