Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Japan to send its envoy to Solomon amid concerns over China deal

TOKYO ( Associated Press) – Japan is sending a deputy foreign minister to the Solomon Islands on Monday amid concerns over a recent security deal with China that the South Pacific nation could increase Beijing’s military influence in the region.

Deputy Secretary of State Kentaro Uesugi’s three-day visit to the Solomon Islands comes on the heels of a visit by a senior US delegation, who warned Washington would take unspecified action against the South Pacific nation if a security deal with China is reached. pose a threat to US or allied interests.

The security agreement, which China and Solomon ratified last week, has also worried neighboring countries and Western allies, including Japan, who fear military build-up in the region.

“We believe this agreement could affect the security of the entire Asia-Pacific region and we are watching this development with concern,” Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said on Friday.

Uesugi, during his visit to the Solomon Islands, is expected to convey Japan’s concern about the security agreement and discuss bilateral and regional issues.

Japan sees China’s rapidly increasing military activity in the East and South China Seas as a threat to some of the world’s busiest sea routes.

Japan is particularly concerned about Chinese military and coast guard activity in the East China Sea near the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands, which China also claims and calls Diaoyu.

Tokyo has significantly increased security cooperation in recent years and expanded joint exercises with the United States and other Western partners, including Australia, India, France, the UK and Germany, to voice its concerns about China’s growing influence. share concerns.

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