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U.S. concerned about China’s use of friendship groups with Japan for political ends

  • November 23, 2021
  • , Sankei
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Tuesday’s Sankei ran a column by Washington correspondent Komori Yoshihisa in which he claimed that concern in the United States that the Chinese Communist Party would use the Japan-China Friendship Parliamentarians’ Union as a venue for political maneuvering toward Japan was behind Foreign Minister Hayashi’s resignation as the head of the parliamentary group. Komori said the Jamestown Foundation released a report titled “A Preliminary Survey of CCP Influence Operations in Japan” in June 2019, expressing concern that the CCP engages in influence operations through seven friendship groups with Japan. The journalist also said the Defense Intelligence Agency released a research report in January 2019 titled “China Military Power,” which also expressed concern that the PLA may use the friendship groups for its political warfare against Japan.

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