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Japan PM, Pelosi Strengthen Alliance, Protest Chinese Missiles

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A presidente da Câmara dos Deputados dos EUA, Nancy Pelosi, é recebida pelo primeiro-ministro japonês, Fumio Kishida, durante sua reunião na residência oficial do primeiro-ministro em Tóquio, Japão, 05 de agosto de 2022.

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi is welcomed by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during their meeting at the Prime Minister’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan, of August 1100.| Photo: EFE/EPA

The Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida, received this Friday () the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, with who reaffirmed the countries’ “close cooperation” and reproached China for the missiles recently fired in waters in Japan’s exclusive zones.

During a breakfast held in Tokyo, the last stop on Pelosi’s Asian trip, the US House Speaker and Kishida exchanged “opinions on the international situation, including the invasion of Ukraine, the situation with China and Korea and the achievement of a world without nuclear weapons”, as the Japanese premier detailed to reporters after the meeting.

Kishida spoke of Japan’s annoyance in relation to the five ballistic missiles fired by China during maneuvers thousand itares and classified Beijing’s attitude as “a serious problem for Japan’s security”.

Kishida and Pelosi also spoke about their intention to “continue to cooperate closely for peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait”.

This strait is the stage for extensive military maneuvers by Chinese troops with live fire that serve as the Asian giant’s response to Pelosi’s lightning visit to the island, which Beijing considers part of its territory.

Taiwan assessed these exercises as a “violation of their rights” as they provoked the closure of maritime and air space in six areas of the island, one of them around 17 kilometers from the coast of Kaohsiung, the main city in the south of its territory.

After the trip to Taiwan an, Pelosi stopped in South Korea between last Wednesday and Thursday, until arriving in Japan, the last stop of her Asian tour.

In addition to meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives is expected to meet this Friday with his Japanese counterpart, Hiroyuki Hosoda, and visit the US Embassy in Tokyo.

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