Yomiuri wrote that the foreign ministers of a total of 18 East Asia Summit nations, including the United States, Japan, China, and ASEAN countries, held an online meeting on Wednesday. Foreign Minister Motegi expressed opposition to China’s attempts to unilaterally change the status quo by force in the South and East China Seas. He also expressed Japan’s grave concern over China’s treatment of Hong Kong and its human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Concerning the denuclearization of North Korea, Motegi stressed the need for complete implementation of UN Security Council resolutions on sanctions on Pyongyang. He also called for member states’ cooperation in resolving the abduction issue. The paper speculated that Secretary of State Blinken will likely stress at the meeting the importance of freedom of navigation in the South China Sea to keep China in check.
Mainichi noted that a GOJ source disclosed on Wednesday that Motegi did not refer to the representative of Myanmar as “foreign minister” at the online meeting on Wednesday based on the view that calling him “foreign minister” would indicate Japan’s approval of military rule of the country.