Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi met with China's Defense Minister Wei Fenghe in Singapore, where he visited, and strongly urged restraint on unilateral attempts to change the status quo against the backdrop of power in the East China Sea, including the area around the Senkaku Islands.
The first meeting between Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe was held for about an hour in conjunction with the international conference in Singapore.
At the beginning, Minister Kishi pointed out that "there are many concerns between Japan and China, including security issues."
On top of that, there are ongoing activities of concern, such as a one-sided attempt to change the status quo against the backdrop of power in the East China Sea, including the area around the Senkaku Islands, and training in the waters near Japan by the Chinese Navy's aircraft carrier Liaoning. , Strongly urged the Chinese side to restrain themselves.
He also acknowledged that the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait is extremely important not only to Japan but also to the international community, noting that he has not changed Japan's basic position regarding Taiwan.
Furthermore, regarding Russia's military invasion of Ukraine, Minister Kishi said that it would shake the foundation of the international order including Asia and would not be admitted by any means, and China, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, is responsible for the peace and security of the international community. I asked for a role.
Last month, he noted that the joint flight of Chinese and Russian bombers over Japan was a demonstration against Japan, raising serious concerns about the ongoing joint action between China and Russia. rice field.
Minister Kishi said, "Japan-China relations need to communicate frankly because of concerns," and they agreed to continue to promote dialogue and exchanges between defense authorities. ..