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Suga voices grave concerns over China in talks with Modi

Tokyo, March 9 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga expressed his grave concerns over China, in a teleconference with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, on Tuesday.

 

Suga said that he is concerned over China’s unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the East China Sea and the South China Sea, and over the human rights situations in Hong Kong and China’s Uighur region.

 

The two leaders agreed on the need to fortify cooperation among their countries plus the United States and Australia in a bid to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

 

Suga and Modi confirmed that Japan and India will strengthen their security cooperation and their economic relationship including the promotion of digitalization.

 

They welcomed the fact that the two nations signed in January a memorandum of cooperation related to Japan’s new residency status given to specified skilled foreign workers.

 

Suga asked for India’s cooperation for the early resolution of the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea decades ago.

 

Suga and Modi shared serious concerns over the situation in Myanmar and agreed to work together on issues related to the Southeast Asian nation.

 

It was the second teleconference between Suga and Modi, after the one in September last year.

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