The 17th Japan-China Security Dialogue (Overview)
On the morning of Wednesday February 22, the 17th round of the Japan-China Security Dialogue was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Dialogue gathered government officials on the Japan side from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense including YAMADA Shigeo, Senior Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and ANDO Atsushi, Deputy Director-General, Defense Policy Bureau, and on the China side from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of National Defense including Sun Weidong, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Zhang Baoqun, Deputy Director, Office for International Military Cooperation. Participants exchanged views on both countries’ security and defense policies, their communications on security and defense matters, as well as international and regional affairs.
- Security and defense policies of Japan and China
Both parties explained their respective security and defense policies followed by a frank exchange of opinions. Japan reiterated its serious concerns about matters such as the situation in the East China Sea, including the Senkaku Islands, and Chinese military activity near Japan that includes joint exercises with Russia. Japan clearly reiterated its position regarding the balloon-type flying object detected in Japanese airspace. Japan also reconfirmed its position in regard to the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.
- Communications on security and defense matters
Both parties concurred to continue coordination to commence operations of the “Hotline between Japanese and Chinese Defense Authorities” under the “Maritime and Aerial Communication Mechanism between Defense Authorities of Japan and China” around spring of this year.
In addition, both parties agreed to continue and strengthen communications on security and defense matters between Japan and China utilizing various frameworks for various dialogue between the two countries on multiple levels such as the Japan-China High-Level Consultation on Maritime Affairs.
- International and regional issues
In regard to the situation in North Korea, Japan reiterated strongly condemnation of the launch of an intercontinental-class ballistic missile (ICBM) conducted by North Korea on the 18th and the launch of ballistic missiles on the 20th and confirmed to continue close coordination in dealing with North Korea. In regard to Ukraine, Japan strongly called upon China to fulfill its responsible role in maintaining the peace and security of the international community.