Japan collective defense law draws mixed response

MANILA - Official reactions were mixed in Asia and the West to a new law that will allow Japan to fight alongside allies, potentially far from home.

Many countries responded positively to the passage of the security legislation, hoping it will help keep China's strategic ambitions in check in the South China Sea and elsewhere. But some with strong economic ties to Beijing were reluctant to comment on the content or significance of the law.

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The Philippines is locked in a fierce struggle with China over territory in the South China Sea. The country's foreign secretary, Albert del Rosario, said Saturday in a statement that he "welcomes the passage of the legislation," adding the Philippines was hopeful the move would foster Japan's efforts to achieve "greater peace, stability, and mutual prosperity in the international community."

Australian Defence Minister Kevin Andrews released a statement the same day saying the new legislation will allow Australia, Japan, and the US to further develop their defence ties.

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