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According to Sankei Shimbun news May 12th, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held regular summit talks with the European Union (EU) at his official residence on May 12th.  The two sides agreed to cooperate in imposing economic sanctions on Russia for its continued aggression against Ukraine, and encouraged Asian and African countries to unite against Russia.  They also reiterated their intention to bolster cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region to jointly maintain a “free and open Indo-Pacific” in light of the growing threat from Communist China.

Imgage Source: reuters

European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President von der Leyen attended the meeting.  The EU-Japan’s cooperation on economic security and energy security was also confirmed.

In a joint news conference after the talks, Prime Minister Kishida stated the country will work with the G7 (seven industrialized countries), including the European Union, to impose tough sanctions against Russia and strengthen support for Ukraine.  Security in the Pacific is indivisible and should be co-operated in East Asia.

Mr. Michel expressed his gratitude to the Japanese Government for cooperating with the international community to strengthen sanctions against Russia.  He also indicated the need to be wary of the increasingly assertive Communist China, strengthen cooperation and clarify a more active position.

Image Source: DW

In principle, the talks are held once a year, but due to the spread of the CCP coronavirus, face-to-face talks are being held for the first time in three years.


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