TOKYO: Takeo Akiba, secretary-general of Japan’s National Security Secretariat, is planning to visit China soon to meet with top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi, Japanese government sources said Wednesday.
At the envisaged talks, Akiba is expected to convey his country’s concerns on China’s military activities near Taiwan to Yang, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee.
Akiba is also expected to call on the Chinese side to exercise self-restraint.
China has ramped up its military pressure in response to U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan early this month.
During military drills conducted near Taiwan, five ballistic missiles launched by China landed inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone. This provoked a protest from Tokyo.
The Taiwan situation has also impacted Japan-China relations, with the two nations skipping a meeting of their foreign ministers that was to be held in Cambodia on Aug. 4.
Viewing dialogue with China as important, especially at a time when regional tensions are rising, Japan was searching for an opportunity to hold talks.
With Sept. 29 marking the 50th anniversary of the normalization of the two countries’ diplomatic relations, Akiba is expected to propose to Yang efforts to build a constructive and stable relationship.