Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Friday that China’s military exercises in the vicinity of Taiwan represent a “serious problem” that threatens peace and security in the region after five ballistic missiles launched in them landed in the economic zone. Japan exclusive.
During his breakfast with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her legislative delegation, Kishida said missile launches need to be “immediately stopped.”
China, which claims Taiwan and has threatened to annex the territory by force if necessary, called Pelosi’s visit to the island this week a provocation, and on Thursday began military exercises, including missile strike training, in six areas. bordering Taiwan, in what could be the biggest escalation in tensions since the mid-1990s.
Pelosi said Wednesday in Taipei that the US commitment to democracy in Taiwan and elsewhere “remains unwavering.” She became the first speaker of the lower house to visit the island in the last 25 years.
Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said five missiles fell Thursday in the exclusive economic zone near Hateruma, an island in Japan’s southern tip. He assured that his country lodged its protests with China, saying the missiles are “serious threats to the national security of Japan and the security of the Japanese people, which we condemn in the strongest terms.”
At a regional summit in Cambodia, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said Beijing’s actions “severely affect peace and stability in the region and the international community, and we demand the immediate suspension of military exercises.” .
In recent years, Japan has beefed up its defense capabilities and troop presence in the country’s southwest and on remote islands like Okinawa, which is about 700 kilometers (420 miles) northeast of Taiwan. Many residents have expressed concern that the island is quickly drawn into anything involving Taiwan. Okinawa is home to most of the estimated 50,000 US troops stationed in Japan under a bilateral security pact.