Indo-Japan fighter aircraft exercise in Japan in 2020

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Indo-Japan fighter aircraft exercise in Japan in 2020NEW DELHI: India and Japan have agreed to add a new element to their growing defence partnership by holding joint fighter aircraft exercise in Japan in 2020.

This was decided at the maiden 2+2 Foreign and Defence Minister Dialogue held here on Saturday. India and Japan also in a subtle message to China on Code of Conduct (CoC) for Southern China Sea urged that CoC should be effective, substantive and consistent with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

It should ensure freedom of navigation and must not prejudice the rights and interests of the stakeholders using the South China Sea.

The ministers exchanged views on the recent developments in the South China Sea in the backdrop of Beijing’s aggressive postures this year in the territorial waters of Vietnam.

The two sides reaffirmed the importance of freedom of navigation and overflight, unimpeded lawful commerce and peaceful resolution of disputes with full respect for legal and diplomatic processes in accordance with the principles of international law, including those reflected in the UNCLOS.