Wang told Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi, in a telephone conversation, that the two countries must ensure that bilateral relations “are not involved in the so-called confrontation between the great powers”, according to a statement from the Chinese ministry.
Wang added that Beijing “expects Japan, as an independent country, to look at China’s development objectively and rationally, rather than being deceived by some countries that have a biased view against China.”
Japan, an ally of the United States, which has naval and air bases on Japanese soil, shares Washington’s concerns about increasing China’s military capacity and its territorial claims in the adjacent seas.
However, Japan’s commercial and investment interests sometimes restrict its criticism of the neighboring country.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga travels to Washington to meet the President, Joe Biden, on April 16, at the first face-to-face summit of the US leader, since taking office in January.
Biden, in contrast to his predecessor Donald Trump, emphasized rebuilding ties with European and Asian allies, while the U.S. is preparing to compete with a rising China.
Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi raised human rights in the Xinjiang region and Hong Kong, which are important to Biden.
The official also reiterated Japan’s protest against the presence of China in the waters near a group of uninhabited islands controlled by Japan, but which Beijing claims, in the East Sea.
Wang opposed Japan’s interference in China’s internal affairs in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, according to the Chinese statement.
Taiwan is another point of potential conflict. Suga said earlier this week that Japan will cooperate with the United States on this issue.
China considers the island to be its province, despite the fact that it functions as a sovereign political entity.
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