Japan to send envoy to Solomons amid worry over China pact

Apr 24, 2022, 9:53 AM | Updated: 10:01 pm
Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Kentaro Uesugi, center, receives a document from a member of  Japan C...

Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Kentaro Uesugi, center, receives a document from a member of Japan Confederation of Atomic and Hydrogen Bomb Sufferers Organizations at Foreign Ministry in Tokyo on Dec. 20, 2021. Japan is sending Uesugi to Solomon Islands on Monday, April 25, 2022 amid worry over a recent security agreement that the Pacific island nation struck with China that could increase Beijing's military influence in the region. (Kyodo News via AP)

(Kyodo News via AP)

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is sending a vice foreign minister to the Solomon Islands on Monday amid worry over a recent security agreement that the South Pacific nation struck with China that could increase Beijing’s military influence in the region.

Vice Foreign Minister Kentaro Uesugi’s three-day trip to Solomon Islands comes on the heels of a visit by a senior U.S. delegation, who warned that Washington would take unspecified action against the South Pacific nation should the security deal with China pose a threat to U.S. or allied interests.

The security pact, which China and the Solomons confirmed last week, has also alarmed neighboring countries and Western allies, including Japan, that fear a military buildup in the region.

“We believe the deal could affect the security of the entire Asia-Pacific region and we are watching the development with concern,” Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said Friday.

Uesugi, during his visit to the Solomon Islands, is expected to convey Japan’s concern about the security pact and discuss bilateral and regional issues.

Japan sees China’s increasingly assertive military activity in the East and South China seas as a threat in some of the world’s busiest sea lanes.

Japan is especially concerned about Chinese military and coast guard activity in the East China Sea near the Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls Diaoyu.

Tokyo has in recent years significantly stepped up security cooperation and expanded joint drills with the United States and other Western partners, including Australia, India, France, Britain and Germany, that share its concerns about China’s growing influence.

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Japan to send envoy to Solomons amid worry over China pact