Tokyo (dpa) – Against the backdrop of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, Germany and Japan have emphasised the importance of a commitment to rules-based international cooperation. At the beginning of her inaugural visit to her Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi in Tokyo, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock thanked Japan on Monday for supporting Europe in its fight against Moscow’s violation of international law. Hayashi also stressed the importance of strengthening rules-based international cooperation.
Baerbock sees China as posing a challenge to the global peace order because of its behaviour towards Taiwan and its actions in the east and south China regions. The Green politician described China’s self-confident and robust behaviour as “a global challenge.” With regard to China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, she added: “Time and again it demonstrates that, when it comes to its own interests, rules do not necessarily apply.” She said that this jeopardised “the basis for our common, peaceful life.”
Hayashi said in reference to China’s growing ambition for power in the Indo-Pacific region: “We will not allow the regional situation to be changed by force.” He added that Japan would continue to discuss this issue with Germany so as “to strive for a free and open Indo-Pacific.” Japan will take over the presidency of the G7 group of leading democratic economies from Germany next year.