Japan, led by its President Fumio Kishida, has developed a series of “defense partnerships” with various Western countries to resist the outrages of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Amid an escalation of diplomatic tension, there is a strong possibility that the Japanese president will meet with his communist counterpart Xi Jinping during the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit in Thailand or the G20 summit in Indonesia this week.
If the meeting takes place, it will be the first face-to-face meeting between the two political leaders. Although Kishida’s name is not on the official list of leaders announced by the CCP to meet with Xi, Kishida’s entourage announced that a meeting between the two was being coordinated.
It is most likely that the meeting will take place during the APEC summit in Thailand between November 14 and 18. However, the meeting may occur during the summit of the 20 most important powers in the world, which overlaps between the 15th and 16th of the same month.
According to reports, Kishida, who assumed the presidency of Japan last September, will seek to convey to Xi the need for both countries to develop a “constructive and stable” relationship. However, he will not fail to express his concern for Taiwan’s situation.
The bilateral relationship between the two countries is marked by a history of war and territorial disputes. But growing geopolitical rivalry brought the relationship to its worst moment in several decades.
Tokyo and Beijing are at odds over various territorial claims in the East China Sea. But in addition, the Chinese regime has shown its anger against Japan after its authorities firmly sided with Taiwan in the face of the CCP’s constant threats of invasion, which aggravated the diplomatic crisis.
Recently, Japan has deepened its ties with NATO and the rest of the Western powers, distancing itself even further from the CCP.
Such was Japan’s rapprochement with the West that on November 4, Tokyo announced that it would join NATO’s cybersecurity defense platform after participating for the first time in a NATO summit in June.
The regime’s reaction was swift, with its officials criticizing the move and questioning NATO for “expanding into the Asia-Pacific.”
Zhao Lijian, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, urged Japan to “learn from history” and not damage the regime’s confidence.
Japan strengthens relations with the U.S. and South Korea
As relations between the West and the CCP become increasingly strained, strong countries in Asia, despite the regime’s threats, are choosing to draw closer to the West.
Such is the case of Japan and South Korea. Last weekend, Japanese media reported they strengthened their military alliance with the U.S. to face the risks of nuclear weapon attacks by North Korea—a staunch ally of the CCP.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his U.S. and South Korean counterparts, Joe Biden and Yoon Suk Yeol issued a joint statement on the “trilateral Indo-Pacific partnership” on Sunday after meeting in Phnom Penh, Thailand, on the sidelines of the APEC summit.
In addition to citing concerns about ballistic missiles fired by North Korea, the communiqué mentioned the CCP’s threats of a possible invasion of Taiwan.
On the same day of the meeting, Kishida told Asian leaders at the convention that the Chinese regime is increasingly taking actions that infringe on Japan’s sovereignty and increase regional tensions.
Japan, Australia announce security agreement targeting CCP regime
Last October, Kishida traveled to Perth, Australia, where he met with his counterpart Anthony Albanese intending to sign a new security declaration between the two nations, updating a previous agreement from 15 years ago.
The original 2007 document was signed by then-Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and then-Australian Prime Minister John Howard, highlighting the common strategic interests and security benefits embedded in their respective alliance relationships with the United States.
At the time, the agreement focused its concerns on North Korea’s nuclear and missile development. However, the problem is concentrated in the military development carried out by the CCP over the past 15 years and its constant threats of encroachment in the region.
The CCP’s rampaging policies in the Indo-Pacific have caused alarm in all countries in the region and to prepare for a possible real confrontation.
Japan and Australia, two of the most influential countries, are leading the way in defense preparations, war strategies, and alliances with the West.
The United States has always functioned as their security guarantor. Indeed, both countries fear the diminution of U.S. power because the immediate consequence would be the CCP’s advance in the Indo-Pacific.
In this context, Australia and Japan seek to strengthen their position by cooperating more closely with each other in the face of such risks.
Evidently, after Kishida’s recent speeches and the strategic alliances against the CCP, it is not expected that relations with Japan will improve immediately after the possible meeting between the two leaders.
Even more so knowing that Xi Jinping has just started a new term in office and is supposed to have enough support to maintain the CCP’s rigid stances toward its “enemies.”
So much so that although Tokyo has hinted that a meeting with Xi will occur, however, Beijing has so far refused to confirm whether such a meeting will take place.