Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday that he told President Xi Jinping he has “serious concerns” about Chinese military activity during their first direct talks in a year and slammed Beijing’s ban on its seafood.
Kishida said he “expressed our serious concerns over China’s increasing military activity near Japan, including its collaboration with Russia” during their meeting on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.
“At the same time, I re-emphasised the extreme importance of the Taiwan Strait’s peace and stability to the international community including Japan,” Kishida told Japanese television channels after the talks in the United States.
“On the East China Sea, I expressed once again our serious concerns and urged the immediate removal of (Chinese) buoys set up in Japan’s EEZ,” Kishida said, referring to the country’s exclusive economic zone.
Chinese state media reported that Xi told Kishida in the meeting in San Francisco that Japan and China must “follow the trend of the times, focus on common interests (and) properly handle differences”.
The Chinese leader said the two nations must “commit…
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