Japan and China present opposing visions during high-level visit


BANGKOK (London Post with Reuters) Asia’s role in the European war became clear on Tuesday as the leaders of two of the region’s richest nations sat in the capitals of Russia and Ukraine and made clear their support for the other side. 

With the world’s eyes on the first meeting in Moscow since Chinese President Xi Jinping invaded Ukraine, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida made a surprise visit to Kiev on the other side of the front line.

The visit comes at a time of heightened tensions between the two regional rivals and the major economic powers. China seeks to expand its influence, and Japan responds by increasing defense spending and deepening ties with the United States and its allies.

While Xi’s visit is meant to send a message to the West that his efforts to isolate Moscow over his aggression against Ukraine have failed, Kishida also said his I am visiting President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, the chair country of the G7. , which was a failure, strongly emphasizes the global nature of the opposition to war. “This shows that more Asian skin is at work than many thought. …Kishida held the president’s hand while Xi held Putin’s This is a very strong contrast and shows that Ukraine is not just a European or Atlantic problem.”

Kishida’s decision to visit Kiev during President Xi Jinping’s stay in Moscow was clearly not a coincidence, and it is highly likely that Kishida’s influence, which he had hoped, would be weakened, said Takushoku University professor of defense and security. Heigo Sato, an expert on insurance issues, said.

“The most important thing was to continue to support Ukraine, and he needed to show his G7 solidarity that Europe, Japan and the United States will work together to provide assistance,” he said.

Kishida is one of Asia’s most staunch leaders against aggression against Ukraine, and Japan has imposed tough sanctions on Russia and provided Ukraine with non-lethal military aid, humanitarian supplies and financial assistance. 

Because of constitutional constraints proscribing Japan from providing Ukraine lethal weapons, Sato said Kishida’s trip was “a minimum requirement” for the chair of the G-7.

In a speech in January at Johns Hopkins University, Kishida stressed that he saw the conflict as having direct implications on the world order, and pledged to use the G-7 presidency to do what he could to strengthen the response of “like-minded countries.”

“Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has marked the complete end of the post-Cold War world,” he said. “It has come to light that globalization and interdependence alone cannot serve as a guarantor for peace and development across the globe.”

Later, in what seemed to be a reference to Beijing’s designs toward Taiwan, a self-ruled island that China claims as its territory, Kishida said that “China has some visions and claims on the international order that diverge from ours and that we can never accept.”