Japan’s Kishida in Thailand to talk economy, Myanmar


Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida He is expected to speak with his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha on economic affairs, upheaval in Myanmar and China Russia‘s war in Ukraine as they meet on Monday in the middle of his five-nation tour abroad.

Kishida came in Thailand on Sunday after visits to Indonesia and Vietnam. He is to go to Thailand to Italy and Great Britain.

Japanese Economic investment has been key to Thailand’s industrialization over the past six decades, particularly in the automotive industry, which is now looking to expand into the electric vehicle sector.

The violent conflict in Thailand’s neighbor Myanmar, which some experts describe as a civil war, should also be on their agenda. Several governments imposed sanctions on Myanmar’s military over the takeover last year, and other Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia and Singapore have condemned the abuses.

Thailand and Japan share a softer approach and are less critical of the ruling military. Thailand has significant economic interests in Myanmar and has its own history of army rule. Japan has historically maintained friendly relations with the military governments that have ruled Myanmar for most of the past six decades.

Japanese officials said Kishida will also discuss a possible mutual access deal with Thailand aimed at deepening their defense cooperation. The agreement would allow joint exercises, training and stationing of their forces on each other’s territory.

Kishida spoke to Vietnamese leaders on Sunday about the war in Ukraine and said they agreed on respecting international law and opposing the use of force.

Japan has condemned the Russian invasion and joined Western nations in imposing sanctions on Moscow. Like most other Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam has avoided directly criticizing Russia and has called for restraint, compliance with the UN Charter and dialogue to find a peaceful solution to the conflict. Japan’s Kishida in Thailand to talk economy, Myanmar

Bobby Allyn

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