Tokyo: China’s military action against Taiwan is becoming an alarming bell for world peace. Japan’s Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, on Friday lashed out at China for its firing of ballistic missiles during military exercises in the vicinity of Taiwan. He further called it a “serious issue” and said its impact would be dangerous for our national security and our citizens’ safety.
Japan said China struck five missiles in the country’s exclusive economic zone, and it seemed four of them sailed over Taiwan’s main island.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told media persons after meeting US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for breakfast that China’s actions in the area will destabilise peace in the region. He asked Pelosi for the immediate cancellation of the military drills.
Beijing was infuriated when Pelosi landed in Tokyo for her final round of the Asian tour, which included a stop in Taiwan. China has started its biggest-ever military drills around the self-ruled island in response.
China considers Taiwan as its own territory and has pledged to regain the island one day, be it by force if needed.
Kishida said he and Pelosi discussed geopolitical issues, including matters related to North Korea, China, and Russia, as well as efforts towards a nuclear-free world.
Pelosi also visited South Korea, another US ally, where she went on to see the border with the nuclear-armed North.
Tokyo has diplomatically protested against Beijing over the military exercises, which got underway on Thursday.
Some parts of Japan are close to Taiwan. If a war takes place between China and Taiwan, then Japan has to take some action to keep its integrity and the safety of its citizens intact.