Kyodo News
May 18, 2022

Japan urges China to play “responsible role” for peace

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi told his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Wednesday he hopes Beijing will play a “responsible role” in ensuring peace and security as Russia’s war in Ukraine continues.

China, which has close ties with Russia, has refrained from condemning Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine that started more than two months ago. Western nations are ramping up pressure and sanctions on Russia to end the military aggression.

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“The international community faces big challenges. It is necessary to communicate closely and make efforts toward building constructive and stable relations,” Hayashi was quoted by the ministry as telling Wang.

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Russia’s onslaught has been strongly condemned by Japan and other nations as an instance of unilateral use of force to change the status quo in violation of international law. The war has also raised alarm about its possible implications for the Indo-Pacific region.

During his talks with Wang, Hayashi underscored the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, and expressed “serious concern” about the situations in the East and South China seas, according to the ministry.

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Highlighting Japan’s sense of concern, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has said the security of Europe and Asia are not separable and that what happened in Ukraine could also occur in East Asia.