It is the latest development in what some are calling a “new Cold War,” and though Japan is a G7 member, one former senior Japanese diplomat says it’s also well situated to mediate between the two sides.
日本の元上級外交官の1人(one former senior Japanese diplomat)は、仲介(mediate)に適していると述べている。
In a communique issued after the summit in Cornwall, G7 leaders underscored the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and called on Beijing to respect human rights in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.
According to Tanaka Hitoshi, Chairman of the Institute for International Strategy and a former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, the hardline tone of the statement bears all the fingerprints of Washington, which hopes to maintain a confrontational approach to China.
Tanaka says the United States already had a strong alliance with Japan, Korea, and Australia that can curb China’s activities in the Indo-Pacific region, and now it appears to be bringing its European allies into the fold.
“With the result of the summit, I think there is now sort of emerging a strong deterrence against activities in China,” he says.
サミットの結果(with the result of the summit)、中国での活動に対する強い抑止力(a strong deterrence)が生まれている。
Beijing quickly hit back at the G7 in a news conference on Tuesday. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian called out the US specifically, saying the country was “very ill” and that the G7 should “take its pulse and come up with a prescription.”