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Japan’s PM warns Asia risks being ‘the Ukraine of tomorrow’

Asia could be the Ukraine of tomorrow”warned the Japanese prime minister on Saturday, Fumio Kishidasince USA at the end of a tour of the member countries of the G7.

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Kishida held in a press conference that he transmitted to the leaders of G7 -made up of United States, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Canada and Japan– his “strong feeling of security crisis for the East of Asia”.

“The lesson to be learned from (the conflict of) Ukraine (with Russia) is that the security of Europe and the region of Indo-Pacific are inseparable”he declared to the media, the day after his meeting with US President Joe Biden.

Kishida, whose country is chairing the G7 this year, traveled in a week to each of the member states, except Germany, due to a scheduling problem. But he intends to go soon.

“The situation around Japan is becoming more serious, between attempts to forcibly change the status quo in the East China Sea and the South China Sea, and the commitment of Korea of North in nuclear activities and launching missiles”claimed the ruler.

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He referred to China’s drive to increase its control over a disputed strip of sea in that region, which generates friction with Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam.

On the other hand, the region is also in suspense due to the tensions around Taiwan, an autonomous island that Beijing considers a rebel province and that belongs to its territory.

Kishida’s arrival in Washington comes after announcing that he will double his defense spending over the next five years.

Source: Elcomercio

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