Tokyo-Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi expressed “deep concern” to China’s counterparts on Thursday, emphasizing the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and the situation in Hong Kong and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
The relationship between the two Asian neighbors has occasionally been contested over territorial lines and memories of World War II, but Mr. Hayashi, who took office this month, is building a stable and constructive relationship with China. Was important at the time.
In a statement, Foreign Minister Hayashi expressed his intention to work toward such a relationship by meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi for the first time.
But he also faces persecution of the former British colony of Hong Kong, where authorities are cracking down on politicians who support democratization, and a minority of Islamic rights groups.
The Chinese administration dispels human rights concerns in these places.
Mr Hayashi also added that the ministry “emphasized the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” where tensions between the autonomous islands of Taiwan and China are rising.
The Chinese administration claims the island as its own, despite the fact that Taiwan is a de facto independent country and has its own military, democratically elected government, and constitution. ..
Hayashi said he hopes that Japan and China will be able to discuss these and other issues in the future.