By Kiyota Higa / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer DAVAO, Philippines — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had talks with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in the southern city of Davao on Friday morning, following their meeting in Manila on Thursday. They exchanged their opinions on the Asia policy of the administration of Donald Trump, who will be inaugurated as U.S. president on Jan. 20, among other issues.
According to Japan’s Foreign Ministry, Abe is the first leader of a foreign country to visit Davao, where Duterte served as a mayor.
On Thursday, Abe and Duterte had talks for about 40 minutes at the Malacanang Palace in Manila to confirm the importance of the rule of law in the South China Sea, where the Philippines and China are involved in territorial disputes. Both the leaders also agreed that Japan and the Philippines will reinforce cooperation in maritime security.
Abe also unveiled a plan to provide the Philippines with about ¥1 trillion from public and private sources over the next five years for economic cooperation.
As for the South China Sea issue, the Japanese and Philippine governments exchanged memorandums after the leaders’ meeting on Thursday regarding issues including Japan’s training support for Philippine Coast Guard personnel who face off against Chinese government vessels, and an enhancement of information sharing.
They also agreed that Japan would provide high-speed boats to the Philippines.