Chinese Foreign Minister cancels meeting with Japanese counterpart

China said that the meeting between Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Japanese counterpart had been canceled due to the G7 statement on the Taiwan issue.

The Chinese side is very dissatisfied with the G7’s joint statement on Taiwan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a press conference today.

The remarks were made by Ms. Hoa after the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced the meeting between Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi on the sidelines of the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM-55) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia has been cancelled.

Foreign ministers of the G7 countries including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US on August 3 issued a joint statement calling on China to peacefully resolve tensions in the Taiwan Strait.

“There is no justification to use the visit as a pretext for aggressive military activity in the Taiwan Strait,” the joint statement read. The G7 also expressed “concern that China’s recent threatening actions, especially live-fire exercises and economic coercion, risk unnecessary escalation”.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia August 4, 2022. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on August 4. Image: Reuters.

Tensions related to Taiwan increased after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on August 2 visited the island and met with leader Tsai Ing-wen and many other senior officials, despite repeated warnings from China. Quoc, consider this an ominous provocation. China then announced a plan to conduct live-fire drills in the areas surrounding the island of Taiwan on August 4-7 in response.

Speaking at AMM-55 today, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called Ms. Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan an “arbitrary, irresponsible and very unreasonable” act by the US, China’s national broadcaster. CCTV news.

China has made maximum diplomatic efforts to avoid a crisis and will never let its core interests be harmed, Wang added. “China’s current and future measures are necessary and timely, carefully considered and evaluated to protect national sovereignty and security, and in accordance with domestic and international law.” .

Earlier, Mr. Wang on August 3 called Ms. Pelosi’s visit a “farce” and vowed that Beijing would punish any country that “causes harm” to it.

Taiwan has been a hot issue in US-China bilateral relations in recent years. China has always considered Taiwan as a province awaiting reunification and declared its readiness to use force if necessary. The US is committed to respecting the “One China” principle, but continues to maintain relations with Taiwan and provides the island with modern weapons for defense.

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