Japan to seek ‘constructive’ relationship with China for regional stability

Tokyo, Nov 11 (EFE).- Japan’s new foreign minister said on Thursday that Tokyo will advocate for constructive diplomacy with Beijing for the prosperity of the region, while defending universal values.

Yoshimasa Hayashi was speaking in his first appearance as foreign minister of the new government led by Fumio Kishida, who was invested Wednesday for the second time following last month’s general election.

“We are seeing more serious challenges to universal values, which are sustained peace and the stability of the international community, and the international order,” Hayashi said, according to Kyodo news.

He said that China is the second largest economy in the world and its actions have international repercussions, and therefore it must abide by international rules. Hayashi also emphasized that Japan will seek continuous dialog.

Asked about Japan’s position on human rights violations in other countries, Hayashi said Tokyo must raise its voice against these acts and, through dialog and cooperation, encourage voluntary efforts.

On Monday, Kishida created a new position of special adviser on human rights to deal with China issues such as Xinjiang and Hong Kong, to which he appointed former defense minister, Gen Nakatani.

Hayashi also insisted on one of the diplomatic keys of the Kishida government, the strategic alliance with the United States for “a free and open Indo-Pacific,” along with other countries such as Australia and India, to curb China’s military boom in the waters of the region.

According to the foreign minister, Japan will also focus on, through economic diplomacy, strengthening its presence on global issues such as climate change and the response to the pandemic.

Hayashi, who once held the education and defense portfolios, also presided over the Japan-China Parliamentarians’ Friendship League and is perceived as being pro-China.

During the press conference, Hayashi announced he is leaving his post as head of the League, to avoid “unnecessary misunderstanding.” EFE


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