Japan urges China to play ‘responsible’ role on Ukraine crisis

SpaceWar.com reports: “Japan’s foreign minister on Wednesday urged Beijing to ‘play a responsible role’ on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in his first talks with his Chinese counterpart in six months.

Japan has joined Western allies on tough sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, while Beijing has declined to condemn Moscow’s invasion.

Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi told his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi that Russia’s invasion ‘is a clear violation of the UN Charter and other international laws,’ Japan’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

He ‘urged China to play a responsible role in maintaining international peace and security,’ it added.

The talks are the first between the two foreign ministers since November, according to Japan’s foreign ministry, coming as concerns ramp up about geopolitical tensions…”

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