Why Is China Targeting Japan In Its Military Drills Against Taiwan?
Japan lodged a diplomatic protest with Beijing after five Chinese ballistic missiles appear to have fallen in the country’s exclusive economic zone. China started a military drill around Taiwan on Thursday.
• Five Chinese ballistic missiles landed in the waters claimed by Japan as its exclusive economic zone
• Four of the missiles were fired from over mainland Taiwan
• Parts of Japan’s southernmost islets are at the center of a long-running dispute between Tokyo and Beijing
• Japan’s exclusive economic zone extends beyond the limits of its territorial waters
What Is The Dispute Between China And Japan?
The Okinawa region constitutes the southernmost part of Japan is close to Taiwan. Also, it falls under the exclusive economic zone of Japan that extends 200 nautical miles from its coastline. But China claims the islets are present in that region.
China yesterday fired five ballistic missiles that landed on the waters claimed by Japan. These firings are seen as a protest against the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The 82-years US official is on a high-profile Asian tour of Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan. Presently she is in Japan on the last leg of her tour.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met Nancy Pelosi for breakfast and talked to reporters after the meeting. He called for the immediate halt of the Chinese military drill saying that Chinese actions had a serious impact on the peace and stability of the region and the international community.
What Did Nancy Pelosi Discuss With Fumio Kishida?
The two leaders discussed important geopolitical issues including China, Russia, and North Korea, and efforts toward a nuclear-free world. Nancy Pelosi was in South Korea where she visited the border with nuclear-armed North Korea. It is her first visit to Japan since 2015. With this trip, the US made it clear that it won’t abandon a democratic country.