Date
16 December 2017
Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (inset) is expected to convey to Britain that trade and investment deals with China shouldn’t come at the cost of other issues. Photo: Reuters
Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (inset) is expected to convey to Britain that trade and investment deals with China shouldn’t come at the cost of other issues. Photo: Reuters

Tokyo to express concern over Britain’s closeness with China

Tokyo plans to convey its concern to Britain over the latter’s moves to forge closer ties with China and setting aside issues such as Beijing’s maritime aggression and poor human rights record. 

Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will speak to British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond over the telephone to tell the latter that Tokyo thinks it is undesirable for Britain to boost relations with China without seeking to resolve the other important issues, Kyodo News reported.

The telephone discussion could take place later this week, the report said, citing Japanese government sources.

Britain sealed investment and trade deals worth US$61.35 billion with China last week during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to London.

Kishida is expected to press Hammond on China’s actions in the East and South China seas, while also stressing that Beijing is not doing enough to tackle its human rights problems, the report said.

Japan and China are at odds over the Senkaku Islands and resource development in the East China Sea.

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