Tensions between China and Japan continue to rise with many expecting things to escalate soon. People who have been following the word war will soon be treated to a “square off” between the two East Asian nations as leaders from both countries are set to meet in a regional security conference happening in Singapore this month.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will attend the event while China has decided to send Fu Ying to represent his country in the conference. Fu was a former deputy foreign minister but is now the chairwoman of the foreign affairs committee of China’s Parliament. Abe was invited by the International Institute of Strategic Studies, which organizes the event called Shangri-La Dialogue, to give the keynote speech during the event. As such, many speculate that the reason China is sending Fu to represent the country is to counter whatever allegations against them that may be mentioned by Abe in his speech.
“We understand that the Chinese are keen to continue participating and will be sending a strong delegation, and Fu Yung’s appearance reflects that,” noted Tim Huxley, executive director of the International Institute of Strategic Studies. He added that Abe’s speech would be of particular interest to everyone given the situation and so China wants “to be in a position to respond swiftly and appropriately.” Many are now anticipating the sparring of words between the two, especially since Fu “is well-versed in putting China’s position to an international audience,” as per one diplomat.
Japan’s Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and national security adviser Shotaro Yachi, will accompany Abe in the conference. People looking forward to his speech are speculating the Prime Minister will reiterate his previous statements about Japan’s peaceful path and commitment to have a bigger role globally. He is also expected to touch on the subject of the growing threat from China, which Fu will most likely counter immediately. Ties between the two remain unresolved and have continued to sour over disputed islands in the East China Sea and lingering historical issues.
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