TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Friday that China’s launch of ballistic missiles during military exercises near Taiwan is a serious issue that affects national security and the safety of Japanese citizens.
Tokyo says four of China’s five ballistic missiles were fired into Japan’s exclusive economic zone Probably flew over the main island of Taiwan. Japan protested to China through diplomatic channels. Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense announced that the missiles had been flying high in the atmosphere but did not pose any threat. TASR took over reporting from AFP and Reuters.
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“China’s move now has serious implications for the peace and stability of our region and the international community,” Kishida was introduced after a meeting with U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He also said that the two sides will cooperate in maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, an important waterway.
China held military exercises in the Taiwan Strait on Thursday that will continue through Sunday. In addition, it fired 11 ballistic missiles. It was a reaction to Pelosi’s recent visit to Taiwan. Beijing considers the self-governing island part of its territory.
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Kishida further said that he and Pelosi have discussed geopolitical issues, including those related to North Korea, China and Russia, as well as the desire for a world free of nuclear weapons.
After meeting with Kishida, 82-year-old American statesman introduces U.S. “not allowed” China wants to isolate Taiwan.
“They can try to prevent Taiwan from visiting or participating in other places, but they will not isolate Taiwan, they will prevent us from traveling there,” she says. She added that her goal is to ensure peace in the Taiwan Strait.
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