Japan seeks China’s help with North Korea – China’s latest political and current affairs news


A summary of the top news in Chinese politics and current affairs for May 30, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina news roundup "Taiwanese man accused in Hunan of subverting the state."

Brazilian Institutional Security Minister Sergio Etchegoyen, Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, South African Minister of State Security David Mahlobo and Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other Chinese officials a the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China July 28, 2017. REUTERS/Ng Han Guan/Pool

On May 30, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said in a meeting with China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi 杨洁篪, that China should exert greater pressure on North Korea to stop its nuclear and missile development, and that Beijing’s role in getting Pyongyang to abandon those efforts was “crucially important.” As part of Yang’s three-day trip to Tokyo from May 29 to 31, the talk came one day after North Korea fired a missile test on Monday for the third straight week. ABC News reports that the missile “fell in waters about 200 nautical miles off Japan’s western coast, within the Japanese-claimed Exclusive Economic Zone.”

Yang and other top officials from Japan, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s top security adviser Shotaro Yachi, also discussed regional issues of concern. A statement released by China’s foreign ministry says that Yang told Japan it should view China’s development as an opportunity rather than a threat, and it should deal with issues like the South China Sea and Taiwan cautiously. However, the statement didn’t include any mention of North Korea.