China urged Japan to strengthen dialogue and jointly foster a constructive and stable relationship following Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s Cabinet reshuffle, which included the appointment of veteran lawmaker Yoko Kamikawa as the new foreign minister.
As reported by Kyodo News, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning stated that maintaining a healthy and stable development of bilateral relations “is in the common interest of both countries and the region” and stressed the importance of managing conflicts and differences.
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Bilateral relations remain tense, with the two Asian neighbors recently embroiled in a dispute over Japan’s dumping of treated radioactive water from the critically ill Fukushima nuclear complex into the sea.
China has also been wary of Japan’s support for Taiwan, a self-governed democratic island that the communist-ruled country considers its own territory and seeks to isolate internationally.
Minoru Kihara, proposed as the new defense minister, is a senior member of a bipartisan group aimed at promoting ties with Taiwan.