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Japan and Germany reaffirm cooperation to pressure Russia and support Ukraine

Japan and Germany reaffirm cooperation to pressure Russia and support Ukraine

Japan and Germany reaffirm cooperation to pressure Russia and support Ukraine

Japan and Germany today reaffirmed their willingness to continue applying sanctions to Russia for his invasion of Ukraine and to maintain support for kyivat a summit held between the Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishidaand the German chancellor, Olaf Schölz.

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The summit took place in Tokyo during the official visit of the German chancellor, who has traveled to Japan accompanied by a broad representation of his Cabinet that included six ministers, including the heads of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Defense.

Kishida highlighted the shared willingness to “continue to cooperate to apply sanctions on Russia and support Ukraine with a view to ending the invasion of Ukraine as soon as possible,” during a joint media appearance after the meeting.

He added that both countries “will continue to work together to maintain and strengthen a rules-based international order,” before the “historical crossroads” in which the international community finds itself due to the war in Ukraine.

Kishida also noted that Japan “will observe with interest” the developments in the investigation of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which on the eve issued an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin, as “suspected responsible” for the deportation. illegal removal of Ukrainian children and their transfer from occupied areas in Ukraine to Russia, amounting to a war crime.

In addition to coordinating the response to the situation in Ukraine, another of the main topics on the meeting’s agenda was to strengthen cooperation in defense and economic security, with concrete measures such as providing mutual logistical assistance between the troops of both countries or collaboration in the supply of semiconductors.

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Both Japan and Germany are trying to reduce their dependence on imports from China of raw materials and electronic components, essential for the industry of both powers.

“The pandemic and the invasion of Ukraine have made us realize that we should not become too dependent on a specific country, as our main industries can be hit hard”said Scholz in the joint appearance.

Tokyo has also launched a plan to revitalize its national semiconductor industry, which includes the creation of a next-generation chip manufacturing consortium made up of leading Japanese technology and motor companies, as well as expanding cooperation with companies from other countries.

Kishida and Scholz pledged in the same sense to strengthen their collaboration to achieve a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”, alluding to the strategy of Washington and Tokyo to contain the geopolitical rise of China in the region.

The meeting also discussed the next G7 summit, scheduled for the end of May in the Japanese city of Hiroshima, and the cooperation between Berlin and the current Japanese presidency of the group of seven taking over precisely from Germany.

Source: Elcomercio

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