Japan expresses “serious concern” over Chinese military exercise near Taiwan


Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi expressed his “grave concern” on Thursday over an ongoing large-scale military exercise launched by China in the strait separating Taiwan and the mainland, the Japanese government said.

At a meeting of foreign ministers from ASEAN countries along with Japan, China and South Korea in Phnom Penh, Hayashi said Tokyo expects issues related to the self-governed democratic island to be resolved “peacefully,” the ministry said. Foreign Affairs.

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The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations held its meeting with the three countries amid mounting tensions between the US and China over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan earlier this week.

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi attends a meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers in Phnom Penh on August 4, 2022. (TBEN) ==TBEN

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