Minister of Defence Jüri Luik met today, in Tokyo, with Japanese Minister of Defence Itsunori Onodera, in order to discuss bilateral defence cooperation and questions related to international security. This was the first trip to Japan by Estonia’s Minister of Defence.
‘Estonia shares common values with Japan and a similar understanding of the security threats facing today’s world. Military developments in Russia concern Estonia as well as Japan – we may be located in different parts of the world geographically; however, the security threats presented by Russia are, in many ways, similar,' said Minister of Defence Luik. ‘Our countries are watching with deep concern as Russia continues to boldly develop its military capability and conduct massive training exercises, such as the recently held large-scale training exercise Vostok. In addition, Japanese experts are helping us to better understand developments on the Korean peninsula’.
Within the framework of the meeting Luik met yesterday with Counter Admiral Akira Ichida, Director of Communications and Information Systems for the Japanese Defence Forces. Minister Luik was also introduced to the Japanese Defence Forces cyber range and provided with a demonstration of its capabilities.
‘Japan’s competency in the field of information technology and cyber defence is quite impressive. Estonia and Japan decided to strengthen their cyber defence related cooperation, for example, through the use of training exercises and infrastructure,’ said Luik after the meeting.
Minister of Defence Luik also met with Minoru Terada, Chairman on the Committee of Security, and participated in the roundtable organised by the Japan’s National Institute for Defense Studies, where discussions with experts focused mainly on cyber defence and the threats posed by Russia.
Estonia enjoys a close cyber defence related dialogue with Japan, and Japan is preparing to join NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, in Tallinn. Minister of Defence Itsunori Onodera visited Estonia in May of this year. During his visit, he received an overview of the large-scale training exercise Siil and visited Ämari Air Base.
Japan is one of the most important NATO partner countries. This summer, Japanese Navy ships participated together with NATO ships in the training exercise carried out on the Baltic Sea.
President Kersti Kaljulaid met with Prime Minister Li Keqiang of the People's Republic of China in Tianjin today to discuss cooperation between their two countries on economic matters.
"Estonian and Chinese companies are already working closely together, in the field of e-trading, the start-up sector, the food industry and for example in the construction of timber houses, where an Estonian firm has opened a factory in China, increasing its production capacity significantly," President Kaljulaid explained after the meeting.
President Kersti Kaljulaid met today in Beijing with the President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping. The main issues discussed at the meeting included co-operation between the two countries, trade relations and the development of e-commerce. Estonia's running for the position of a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council was also discussed.
President Kersti Kaljulaid, who is in Ukraine on a work visit, met today with her Ukrainian colleague, Petro Poroshenko. The situation in East Ukraine and reforms implemented by Ukraine, particularly in fighting corruption and improving the business environment, were the main issues discussed by the heads of state.
President Kaljulaid met today in Latvia with the President of Germany, Frank Walter Steinmeier, to discuss the countries’ mutual relations, the challenges faced by the European Union and developments in Georgia and Ukraine.
President Kersti Kaljulaid will be in Latvia today and tomorrow to discuss the security of Europe and the future of the European Union with her Latvian, Austrian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Finnish, German, Greek, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese and Slovenian colleagues at the meeting of the heads of state of the Arraiolos Group.
Yesterday in Kadriorg, Tallinn, the representatives of public authorities and private sector related to the e-residency programme came together to conduct an intermediate review of Project e-residency 2.0 and agree upon further steps.
Since 2014 Estonia is the first country to offer e-Residency, a government-issued digital ID available to anyone in the world. The program allows non-Estonians access to Estonian services such as company formation, banking, payment processing, and taxation. Esotnia now has more than 40,000 e-residents from 150 countries.
Today, Wednesday 12 September, President Kersti Kaljulaid is on a working visit to Georgia ahead of the meeting of the heads of state of the Arraiolos Group in Latvia tomorrow and Friday and the annual Jalta European Strategy conference in Ukraine at the end of the week.
In Tbilisi President Kaljulaid is meeting with her Georgian counterpart Giorgi Margvelashvili and Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze to discuss relations between their two countries, security policy and Georgia's relations with the European Union and NATO. President Kaljulaid will also be speaking at the 'World in 2018: Upside Down?' international conference in the Georgian capital.