A lawmaker from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party says that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assured them that they will respond “firmly but in a calm manner,” regarding the recent move by China to establish an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea that overlaps with the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. Abe was also quoted as saying, “I will cooperate with allied countries, neighboring countries and international organizations.”
LDP lawmaker Takeshi Iwaya handed over to Abe the party’s written resolution speaking out against the latest move by China that has increased tensions in the region and has also gained international criticism. Included in the statement also is a request to Beijing to backtrack on their decision to implement rules in the ADIZ, which includes foreign aircraft submitting their flight plans to Chinese authorities.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is looking to get the United States’ close cooperation on the issue when U.S. Vice President Joe Biden embarks on a three-day visit to Japan next week. When Biden meets with Abe and other officials, it is expected that the current issue will be on top of the agenda. Kishida says that they will explain Japan’s views on the matter and then get confirmation that their closest ally will “communicate, consult and coordinate” with them on whatever developments will happen. Japan is also hoping that Biden’s visit to Japan will serve as the reference point when he also visits China and South Korea later in the week, where he will be meeting personally with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.
[ via Mainichi ]