China warns Japan against joining forces with US

Beijing has criticized Japan's recent comments on Taiwan and warned against aligning itself with the United States to confront China.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the statement in a phone call with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi on Wednesday -- two days before US President Joe Biden begins his visit to East Asia to advance his Indo-Pacific strategy.
Noting that Japan will host the Quad Summit with Australia and India during Biden's visit, according to a Chinese foreign ministry advert, Wang said, "What's worrying and putting people on the alert is that this will happen before the US leader." has begun its journey, the view that Japan and the United States are joining forces to stand up to China was already widespread.
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Wang urged Japan to keep regional peace and stability in mind and "act prudently" and warned against confrontation, especially if it harms China's sovereignty, security and development interests.
He also said Japan should "eliminate disruptive factors in a timely manner," particularly regarding Taiwan -- which Beijing considers part of its own territory.
"Japan's negative moves toward Taiwan and other issues affecting China's core interests and major concerns have recently become prominent," the minister said, adding that "slander and attacks" by some Japanese politicians have seriously undermined mutual trust.
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Beijing was particularly angered by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's comments that "Japan and the United States could not stand by and watch China attack Taiwan."
Current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Biden will issue a joint statement reiterating that they will strengthen cooperation on cross-strait stability, Japanese government sources told Kyodo News Agency on Tuesday.
According to the report, Kishida is also expected to announce Japan's participation in the US-led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework -- an initiative seen as declaring Washington's intent to increase its involvement in the region amid China's growing influence.
In the talk with Wang, which lasted about 70 minutes, Hayashi underscored the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and expressed "serious concerns" about the situation in the East and South China Seas, according to a statement by Japan's foreign ministry.
China is involved in a number of territorial disputes in these waters, including with Japan over the Diaoyu or Senkaku Islands.
Wang said the two countries should conduct "positive interactions" and plan activities to mark the 50th anniversary of normalizing diplomatic relations.
He also called for further cooperation in the areas of digital economy, green and low-carbon development and climate change management.
Referring to the situation in Ukraine, which was not mentioned in China's statement, Hayashi called on China to "play a responsible role" in maintaining international peace and security.
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