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FM Hayashi eyes in-person meeting with Chinese counterpart 

  • July 30, 2022
  • , Yomiuri, Sankei
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Saturday’s Yomiuri and Sunday’s Sankei wrote that they have learned from multiple GOJ sources that Foreign Minister Hayashi is making arrangements to hold an in-person meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang on the sidelines of an ASEAN meeting to be held in Cambodia in early August. Yomiuri speculated that the envisaged meeting is intended to reaffirm the importance of communications between Japan and China ahead of the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic normalization in September. If the meeting is realized, it will be the first in-person session between the Japanese and Chinese foreign ministers since November 2020. The papers wrote that Hayashi is planning to express to Wang Japan’s concerns over China’s unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force in the East China Sea and its sympathetic position on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Yomiuri wrote that the two foreign ministers may also discuss China’s participation in the state funeral for former Prime Minister Abe. According to the paper, Hayashi is also making arrangements to hold a trilateral meeting with his U.S. and Australian counterparts and bilateral talks with his South Korean counterpart. 

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