Tension brews over statement released by the US and Japan on China’s representation of human rights

Source: The Wall Street Journal

A battle of words

China has directly responded to a monumental statement released by the United States and Japan that portrayed Chinese foreign policy in a controversial or cynical minded manner in relation to regional influence and governance of nearby nations. Concerningly, a responding comment from Zhao Lijian has come in prior to the heavily anticipated talks between U.S. secretary of state Anthony Blinken and the Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi are set to speak in Alaska. With the previous statement developed between China and Japan focusing on particular concerns such as Taiwan and China’s sovereign diplomacy as well Beijing’s obstruction of liberty and mistreatment and disrespect of Uyghurs in Xinjiang and misunderstandings surrounding the activity within the South China Sea with intentions directed at Japanese contested Islands in the East, allegedly claimed by China. With Zhao emphasizing that, ’China is strongly dissatisfied and resolutely opposed to this, and we have made solemn representations to the United States and Japan respectively.’’ Whilst the current U.S. secretary of state Blinken from the Biden Administration has stood strong and made a clear statement that the U.S. will cooperate with its trusted allies to overcome obstacles that may be presented by the likes of China, the ever-controversial North Korea as it continuously flexes its military and nuclear capacities. Worryingly, China has shown no indications of calming the storm as a prominent counsellor from China to Geneva has directed a heated exchange towards the U.S. as he issued a statement declaring that, ’the U.S. neither apologizes for its evil past of genocide nor provides repatriation to the victims.’

Source: Japan Times

However, the U.S. acting assistant secretary, Lisa Peterson has stressed the U.S.' s focusing on democracy, human rights and work conditions, responding against the claim by Chinese officials. Specifically, the U.S. and Biden Administration has delved into this matter as,’’no issue is more central to the goals and policies’’ towards Biden’s policies than ‘’addressing systematic racism forthrightly, honestly and powerfully and the legacy of discrimination in our country.’’ While the U.S. is planning to make a much awaited return to the Geneva council after having been absent for roughly two and a half years as a result of the decisions made by Trump and his respective advisors. Though Blinken emphasizes that, ’we will push back if necessary, when China uses coercion or aggression to get its way'.

Untraditional allies Japan and U.S. unite over fears of Chinese Oppression

On the complete opposite side of the spectrum, Japan and the U.S. have been seeking out manners to counteract their fears of a possibly uncontrollable military out lash between China and Taiwan, the former having held detailed meetings in Tokyo. Specifically, Tokyo Governors are focusing on a peaceful resolution to be served between China and Taiwan regarding cross strait issues. This new approach for peace has been contemplated mutually and addressed across defense secretary Lloyd Austin of the U.S., defense minister Nobuo Kishi of Japan as well as Antony Blinken and foreigner Minister Toshimitsu Motegi with efforts focused on driving security to be established at the Tawainian straight. Concerns remain strong though and have been presented forth by Kishi towards Austin of the U.S. regarding China’s significant influx of warplanes presence over the area around Taiwanese territory, leading to Japan considering the use of Self Defense Forces (SDF) in close collaboration with the U.S. to prevent a similar style Beijing takeover. Moreover, Japan has been considering the possibility of sending extra air support to the U.S. forces through its strategic SDF task forces as means to defend the U.S. military personnel and supplies as the threat of armed conflict threatens Japanese people likely due to geographical positioning to consistently argumentative China and Taiwan.

-Richardt Schoonraad

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