Taiwan ties of former Japan PM’s brother worry China

Tokyo: The previous appointment of Nobuo Kishi, the younger brother of previous Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, as the nation’s defense minister has worried China, given the previous’s close ties with Taiwan.

Kishi is well-known for his own close links to Taiwan, having represented the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in engagements with current Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen & different Taiwanese chiefs over the yrs., South China In the morning Post recorded.

Previously in Jul, Kishi has been part of a delegation of lawmakers, who accompanied for Japanese premier Yoshiro Mori to Taiwan to mourn the death of its previous president Lee Teng-hui. The entourage also conducted a gathering with Tsai.

In Jan, Kishi made payment a check to Taipei to congratulate Tsai on her victory following the Taiwanese presidential election.

“He’s well-known to be close to Taiwan & is one such contact citizens — perhaps the most prominent contact human — for conservatives in Japan & the govt in Taipei. That is not surprising given his own background & his own family (4) links to the Taiwan lobby,” stated Koichi Nakano, a professor of politics in Tokyo’s Sophia University.

In reaction to Kishi’s appointment, China on Wed. expressed hope that Japan going to refrain from developing diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin stated that Beijing is keen to strengthen cooperation with Tokyo.

Japan is likely to have factored in China’s reaction with the appointment of Kishi, as per Nakano.

“Security actually matters now &, given the direction of the current US govt, I’d say that awhile Suga understood China might be upset in the appointment of Kishi, they probably feel that they could handle the status,” he has been quoted as informing.

Though Kishi had assisted with problems regarding Taiwan, quite little is well-known regarding his own policy leanings, stated Liu Qingbin, an associate professor in the Yokohama Domestic University. “He’s someone who’s extremely low profile,” he added further.

As per Liu, from Japan’s new PM Yoshihide Suga indicated he’ll continue to execute Abe’s policies, particularly in security & diplomacy, it made sense to appoint Kishi, a trusted Abe aide.

Throughout his own nearly eight-year-long tenure, Abe managed to keep ties with China on an even keel even though Japan continued to lean towards its ally US. As per analysts, Japan managed to target on economic ties & assured that it didn’t gain captured up within the worsening rivalry between the US & China, South China In the morning Post recorded.

Japan also avoided a confrontation with China, though it had come down heavily on the Chinese govt’s handling of the COVID-19 crises & the domestic security law in Hong Kong.

Kishi’s predecessor Defense Minister Taro Kono, who’s as of now in-charge of authoritative reform within the new cabinet, had charged Chinese ships of repeated incursions within the East China Sea, where the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands are situated. It’s to be observed that China, Japan & Taiwan lay territorial says over these islands, that are presently owned by Tokyo.

Japan has been equipped to “defend each centimeter of our land“, Kono stated, as per press agency Kyodo.

“In case we don’t accomplish that, we’ll watch the other South China Sea. When China initiated rediscovering the land, Intl. community didn’t accomplish anything to block it & watch what we’ve got (1),” Kono added further awhile asserting that the “same thing could happen” in any different part of the globe.

Kishi’s appointment represented a “broader continuity in terms of engagement with China, however with the powerful signal that Japan is concerned regarding national developments in China & local security,” stated Stephen Nagy, an associate professor of Intl. relations in Tokyo’s Intl. Christian University.

And also sent the sms that Abe has been likely to remain “influential” in just how Japan negotiates the bilateral relationship with China & the trilateral {arrangement} with the US, Nagy has been quoted as informing.