Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday agreed on the importance of working together to maintain stability and peace in the Taiwan Strait. Motegi and Blinken met in London ahead of a three-day meeting of foreign ministers of the G7 industrial nations, namely the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.
In addition, the two officials agreed to promote efforts to realize a free and open Indo Pacific region, as pledged by their leaders last month in Washington. Following the April meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and US President Joe Biden, a statement was released which mentioned Taiwan for the first time in more than 50 years. In the statement, Suga and Biden underscored “the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.” They also expressed opposition to China’s use of military force to change the status quo in the East China Sea and South China Sea.