On the eve of a high-level meeting between Tokyo and Washington on April 16, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned Japan not to “follow the US” in introducing Chinese sanctions against the reports. forced human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, SCMP reported on April 6.
Wang Yi and his Japanese counterpart, Toshimitsu Motegi, had a 90-minute phone call on Monday (April 5). This was an exchange made at the request of Beijing, according to Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On April 16, Mr. Joe Biden will receive Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at the White House, marking the first visit of a foreign leader since Mr. Biden took office, while also showing his importance. Japan’s growing importance in the competition between the US and China.
In a rare move, the Chinese Foreign Ministry released a two-part statement about a conversation between Mr. Wang Yi and Mr. Motegi. One of two statements criticized recent US efforts to coordinate with allies to counter China, warning Tokyo to avoid “following the US” in punishing China against alleged offenses. rights in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.
“If under the guise of multilateralism, nations … arbitrarily impose illegal unilateral sanctions on other countries based on false information, the world situation will only add to a recession. with the forest law what is right and wrong, ”said Vuong Nghi.
“The will of a superpower does not represent the international community; The few countries that follow this state have no monopoly on the rules of multilateralism, ”emphasized Wang Yi.
In another statement issued by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the same day, Mr. Wang continued to tease the US, calling for Japan not to be “swept along” by countries prejudiced by China.
“The US and Japan are allies, but similarly, China and Japan have also signed a treaty of peace and friendship, so Japan has a responsibility to maintain it,” he said.
Beijing’s warning comes as Japan is increasingly playing a decisive role in the Indo-Pacific region, which has become a hot spot in US-China relations due to a series of tensions. territory between China and America’s allies such as Japan and the Philippines.
Motegi and Japan’s defense minister are expected to hold discussions with Germany while Suga travels to Washington, a move observers say Tokyo is trying to call for stronger countries to recognize. Japanese sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands, which the Japanese called Senkaku.
A meeting between the US and Japan last month issued a joint statement in which the United States clearly stated its commitment to protect the Diaoyu Islands, as well as addressed security issues in the Taiwan Strait.
As expected, the meeting on April 16 between Mr. Suga and Biden will also discuss the topic of Taiwan.
Tensions between the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force in the East China Sea have escalated in recent months after Tokyo repeatedly voiced concerns over China’s new Customs Law. .
The law allows Chinese paramilitary forces to use weapons against foreign ships that Beijing considers illegally entering its waters.
During a call with Wang Yi, Mr. Motegi expressed “strong concern” about the law, urged Beijing to stop infiltrating the Diaoyu Islands and urged China to resolve human rights issues in Xinjiang and Hong. Kong, according to Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The two-part statement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry did not mention the Law of the Customs, only to note that Wang Yi explained China’s position on “issues such as the Diaoyu Islands and the South China Sea”.
Mr. Wang also opposes Japan’s criticism of China for human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.
“As a neighboring country, Japan should at least show a respectful attitude towards China’s internal affairs,” Wang said.