Japan strongly disapproves of China’s recent military drills over Taiwan, which led to four ballistic missiles landing in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone. Prime Minister Kishida states that these military conducts could put citizens in grave danger and compromise national security.
Kishida also adds that these actions will severely affect the stability of international peace. The Japanese Prime Minister made these statements just after having breakfast with Nancy Pelosi, who’s doing a tour of Asian countries to show the U.S.’s strong support to the countries in the region.
“I told her we have called for the immediate cancellation of the military drills.”
Pelosi is currently in Tokyo to attend the last portion of an Asian tour, which included the stop in Taiwan, which has caused a lot of anger in Beijing, which has conducted its biggest-ever military exercises on the island self-governed as a response.
The 82-year-old politician defied harsh warnings by China to be the most prominent U.S. official to travel to Taiwan in a long time, claiming her trip proved “unequivocally clear” that the United States would not leave its democratically-minded ally.
China believes Taiwan is a part of its territory. It has pledged to take back Taiwan one day with force if needed.
Kishida stated that the pair Pelosi addressed geopolitical concerns, such as issues related to North Korea, China, and Russia, and efforts to achieve a nuclear-free world.
The U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also took the tour to South Korea, an essential ally for the States. She also visited the border of North Korea.
Tokyo has officially protested to Beijing about the military exercise that started on Thursday.
Some parts of Japan’s southernmost Okinawa region are located close to Taiwan and are also in the middle of a long-running conflict that has been brewing between Tokyo and Beijing.
The exclusive economic zone of Japan (EEZ) extends for up to 200 nautical miles off its coast, extending beyond the boundaries of the territorial waters of Japan.