Nancy Pelosi meets Japan’s PM amid tensions with China
Cooperation in maintaining peace in the Gulf of Taiwan
China’s largest ever military exercise in the Gulf of Taiwan
Tokyo, Japan and the US on Friday agreed to work together to maintain peace in the increasingly tense Taiwan Strait amid China’s major military exercises. At least five missiles fired from China are believed to have landed in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone-EEZ. An Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) is an area of the sea defined by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) over which a country has certain rights.
According to the news agency Reuters, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi is in Japan on the last leg of her tour of Asian countries. During this tour, Pelosi made a brief and unannounced visit to Taiwan. She is the senior-most US official to reach the self-governing island in 25 years. Before his visit, Beijing had issued a stern warning to the US.
During her visit, Nancy Pelosi praised Taiwan’s democracy and promised solidarity with it. China is angry with Pelosi’s visit. It then began a major military exercise, China’s largest ever military exercise in the Taiwan Strait. Tokyo had to register a strong protest with China through diplomatic channels after five missiles fired by China during the military exercise were suspected to have landed in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
Fear of falling of Chinese missiles in Japan’s EEZ, PM said – ‘Serious security problem’
Japan, one of America’s closest allies, is concerned about China’s growing power in the Indo-Pacific and the possibility that Beijing may attack Taiwan. Nancy Pelosi calls on Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the official residence of the Prime Minister of Japan. Jahan Kishida said the two allies would work together to maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, a major shipping route. Japan’s southernmost island is closer to Taiwan than Tokyo. Japan has warned that the Chinese threat to Taiwan is a threat to national security.
tags: america, China, Japan, Taiwan
First published: August 05, 2022, 07:46 IST