Japan-China Defense Ministers’ Video Teleconference

(Press Release)

December 27, 2021

Ministry of Defense

Japan-China Defense Ministers’ Video Teleconference

On December 27, 2021, Minister KISHI held a video teleconference with Wei Fenghe, State Councilor and Defense Minister of People’s Republic of China, for approximately two hours.

1  The two Ministers exchanged views on Japan-China relationship and the regional situation. Regarding the situation in the East China Sea, including the waters around the Senkaku Islands, Minister KISHI delivered that Japan opposes attempts of unilateral change to the status quo by coercion and that Japan possesses grave concerns against such actions, while pointing out individual events such as activities by People’s Liberation Army and China Coast Guard vessels. Minister KISHI strongly called for self-restraint.

2  Minister KISHI also referred to the situation regarding Taiwan and stated that peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait is extremely important for Japan’s security as well as stability of the international community. Minister KISHI also stated that Japan will continue to closely monitor the relevant developments.

3  In addition, Minister KISHI delivered that Japan strongly opposes any unilateral attempts to change the status quo by coercion and any activities that increase the tension over the South China Sea issue. Minister KISHI also expressed serious concerns to the China Coast Guard Law enforced in February this year. Furthermore, Minister KISHI delivered strong concerns towards China’s uncertain growth of defense budget without transparency, as well as modernization and reinforcement of its military forces.

4  The two Ministers confirmed the significance of a timely establishment of a hotline between Japanese and Chinese defense authorities in order to improve the effectiveness of the Maritime and Aerial Communication Mechanism. The two Ministers also concurred in the aim to begin operation of the hotline by the end of 2022 under their strong leadership.