BEIJING, China: During his talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang, Japan’s Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi has demanded the early launch of an worker of Japanese pharmaceutical firm Astellas Pharma, who was detained in Beijing final month over alleged spying allegations.
He additionally raised “strong concern” about Beijing’s escalating army exercise close to Taiwan and round Japan.
As tensions rise between the 2 international locations, Hayashi’s two-day go to to China is the primary by Japan’s first diplomat in additional than three years.
He additionally met Chinese Premier Li Qiang and high diplomat Wang Yi.
Talking to reporters, Hayashi harassed the significance of peace and stability within the Taiwan Strait, and raised “serious concern” about China’s more and more assertive exercise within the East and South China seas.
He additionally expressed grave concern about Beijing’s elevated joint army exercise with Russia round Japan, urging China to behave responsibly for international peace amid Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
The two ministers agreed to work collectively in attaining “a constructive and stable relationship,” as agreed between their leaders in November, Hayashi mentioned.
The ministers additionally agreed to enhance communication on regional safety points, and welcomed the institution of a protection hotline final week and the resumption of protection talks, he added.
China’s assertive exercise within the East China Sea and the latest detention are “a stumbling block for promoting economic and people-to-people exchanges,” Hayashi individually informed Wang.
In latest years, tensions have risen between Tokyo and Beijing, as Japan considers China’s rising affect within the area a risk to its safety and economic system.
In response, Qin warned Japan about its involvement in Taiwan, stressing that Tokyo mustn’t intrude and “undermine China’s sovereignty in any way.”
“The Taiwan issue is at the core of China’s core interests and concerns the political foundation of China-Japan relations,” he added.
While Japan doesn’t formally acknowledge Taiwan, either side have robust unofficial relations.
Qin additionally criticized Japan over its new export controls of semi-conductor manufacturing tools, after the US imposed related sanctions.
Japan had acknowledged that it consulted with Washington by itself rules.
In response, Hayashi mentioned the measures don’t goal any particular nation.