Kishida sets out vision for Indo-Pacific security

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has set out his vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific at a security forum in Singapore.

In his keynote speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue on Friday, Kishida unveiled five pillars for maintaining regional stability.

He said Japan plans to help train at least 800 maritime security personnel in more than 20 countries over the next three years.

He also unveiled a plan to supply Indo-Pacific countries with billions of dollars' worth of maritime security equipment, including patrol vessels, over the same period.

Kishida said Japan intends to enhance regional cooperation through diplomatic efforts, including the country's Official Development Assistance program.

He pledged to unveil a concrete plan by next spring.

The Japanese leader also expressed his intention to start negotiations with Singapore on a deal to transfer defense equipment, and work toward other agreements with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Kishida's speech covered a wide range of security issues including the situation in Ukraine, China's maritime activities, and North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

He warned that these issues are shaking confidence in the rules that govern international relations.