China is mounting a massive power play in the Pacific and is causing alarm bells to ring for Japan and its allies.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on April 23 that they are closely watching Beijing’s move against Pacific island nations.
On April 19, China signed a security deal with the Solomon islands that could pave the way for Beijing to station troops and warships or even build naval bases there.
The Solomon Islands is situated in the middle of major shipping routes that connect America to Asia and is a crucial strategic location.
Fumio Kishida said on Kyodo News, “We exchanged views on recent developments in China’s Pacific Islands region” and are “closely monitoring China’s actions.”
Japan is ramping up its diplomatic actions to improve cooperation in the area and has frequently stated that what occurred in Ukraine should not be allowed to happen.
In a speech at the National Defense Academy on March 27, Kishida stated that Japan is determined to support Ukraine. Japan and other countries’ actions will determine the international community’s stance amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Kishida held a meeting with Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Water Summit in Kumamoto, Japan. The two agreed to aim for a “free and open” Indo-Pacific, and Kishida warned that it would not allow China’s hegemony.
Kishida said he held separate talks with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Lao Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh, and they agreed to send aid to help with the Ukraine crisis.