Japan pm condemns China's firing of ballistic missiles

Japan pm condemns China's firing of ballistic missiles

Japan s prime minister condemned China's firing of ballistic missiles during military drills around Taiwan, calling them a serious problem that affects our national security and the safety of our citizens. Five Chinese missiles appear to have fallen in the country's exclusive economic zone, with four of them believed to have flown over Taiwan's main island.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters after meeting US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this morning:

China's actions this time around have a significant impact on the peace and stability of our region and the international community. I told her that we have called for the immediate cancellation of military drills. Pelosi is in Tokyo for the final leg of an Asian tour that included a stop in Taiwan, infuriating Beijing, which has launched its largest-ever military drills around the self-ruled island in response.

On Thursday, Tokyo lodged a diplomatic protest against Beijing over the military exercises.

Parts of Japan's southernmost Okinawa region are close to Taiwan, as are islets at the centre of a long-running dispute between Tokyo and Beijing.

Japan's exclusive economic zone EEZ extends up to 200 nautical miles from its coastline, beyond the limits of its territorial waters.