China slams US, Japan’s rhetoric ahead of Quad summit
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday criticized what he said were negative moves by Washington and Tokyo against Beijing ahead of a meeting in Tokyo next week of the leaders of the United States, Japan, from Australia and India.
“What arouses attention and vigilance is the fact that, even before the American leader arrives at the meeting, the so-called joint Japanese-American anti-China rhetoric is already raising dust,” he said. Wang told Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi. a video call, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will host US President Joe Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the winner of Australia’s weekend election at a meeting of the Indo-Pacific strategic alliance known as the Quad.
On his May 19-24 trip, Biden will travel to South Korea to meet with its new president, Yoon Suk Yeol, before heading to Tokyo, where he will also hold bilateral meetings with the other leaders in a show of leadership. American engagement in the region.
China sees the Quad as an attempt to contain its economic growth and influence, while Biden has sought to forge ties with other democracies to deal with the rise of an authoritarian global power.
Hayashi told Wang that China should play a responsible role in maintaining international peace and security, noting that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a gross violation of international law. China has not publicly criticized the invasion.
Japan fears Russia’s actions will embolden China and escalate tensions in the Asia-Pacific region, and has been quick to join the United States and Europe in imposing sanctions on Moscow.
Hayashi said he was “seriously concerned about the situation” in the East and South China Seas, referring to increasingly assertive Chinese military actions there, as well as in Hong Kong and China’s Xinjiang region, and stressed the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
Tokyo is particularly concerned about the increased activity of Chinese coastguards and warships around Japanese-controlled East China Sea islands, which Beijing also claims, and promotes a free and open Indo-Pacific with states. United States, Australia and other democracies to counter China’s rise in power in the region.
A Japanese Foreign Ministry statement made no reference to the Quad meeting or China’s criticism of it. It also did not mention the United States or other countries.
Wang said Japan-U.S. cooperation should not cause confrontation between sides or harm China’s sovereignty, security and development interests, according to a Chinese statement.
Referring to Japan’s invasion of China in the last century, Wang said, “Our hope is that Japan will learn from history, focus on regional peace and stability, proceed with caution, will not drag other people’s chestnuts out of the fire and will not allow himself to be led astray by profiting at the expense of his neighbour. »
Yamaguchi reported from Tokyo.
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