By Humeyra Pamuk
TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated on Wednesday that China was appearing aggressively and repressively, citing its actions within the East and South China Seas the place it has territorial disputes with Japan and different Asian nations.
Chatting with a roundtable of Japanese journalists in Tokyo, Blinken stated Beijing was “elevating tensions not diminishing them” within the area by its maritime actions and posturing over Taiwan.
Blinken is visiting Japan and South Korea together with Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin in a bid to fortify Washington’s alliances in Asia, in a primary abroad journey by high degree members of President Joe Biden’s administration.
China’s in depth territorial claims within the East and South China Seas have change into a precedence difficulty in an more and more testy Sino-U.S. relationship and are an vital safety concern for Japan.
Blinken stated Beijing was “appearing each extra repressively at house and extra aggressively overseas, together with within the East China Sea, together with with regard to the Senkakus, as properly the South China sea and likewise with regard to Taiwan”.
The Senkakus, additionally known as Diaoyu in China, are islets within the East China Sea managed by Japan however claimed by China.
“Japan has actual curiosity in what occurs with regard to Taiwan and Taiwan’s straits and we spent a while evaluating notes on that,” stated Blinken describing his Tuesday talks with Japanese officers.
The feedback echoed statements issued by Blinken, Austin and their Japanese counterparts after “2+2” talks held in Tokyo on Tuesday and are available forward of Blinken’s first in-person conferences with Chinese language counterparts deliberate for later this week in Alaska.
“We sit up for the chance to put out in very clear phrases to our Chinese language counterparts a few of the issues that we have now concerning the actions they’re taking,” stated Blinken.
Following the morning roundtable with rising Japanese reporters Blinken and Austin have been set to go away for Seoul to carry “2+2” talks with South Korean counterparts till Thursday.
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