Japan calls on China for ‘concrete action’ on territorial waters, Hong Kong, Uyghur situation


Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, in a phone conversation on Monday with his Chinese counterpart, expressed strong concerns about incursions into territorial waters, the situation in Hong Kong and the human rights abuses against the Uyghur minority.

A statement from the Japanese foreign ministry said Motegi told Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, of Japan’s “strong concern”. “He also strongly called for concrete action,” the statement said, but did not give further details.

The two foreign ministers also discussed a broad range of regional issues and agreed on the importance of international cooperation to solve the situation in Myanmar, where a coup has been followed by a brutal military crackdown on street protests.

China’s extensive territorial claims in the East and South China Seas have become a priority issue in an increasingly testy Sino-United States relationship and are a security concern for Japan.

China claims a group of uninhabited Japan-controlled islets, called the Senakaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. The issue has plagued bilateral relations for years. (Source: CNA)