Following my views on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Japan as a ‘state guest’ which I expressed at the General Council of the LDP held on November 19, I reiterated some of the points at the luncheon meeting of Mr. Taro Aso’s faction of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Mr. Aso is currently Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. I mentioned, “The relationship between Japan and China is basically getting well. However, in reality, many crucial security issues are occurring. The Chinese government’s ships and private fishing boats’ intrusion into the exclusive economic zone and territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands is one thing, and the Chinese government’s unilateral development of the gas fields in the East China Sea is another. Regarding these issues, I believe the LDP should make some kind of a statement to underscore the sense of crisis before the government determines its diplomatic policy.” If the government invites President Xi Jinping to Japan as a ‘state guest’ without resolving any of these political issues, what will the people of Japan think of it? How will the US government react? How will the third countries respond? I have been receiving numerous mails from various kinds of people who are concerned about the President’s visit to Japan as a ‘state guest’ in a celebratory mood.
I would like to ask all members of the LDP to think about this issue more sincerely. Mr. Keizo Takemi, who is a member of the LDP and also a member of the House of Councilors, expressed his opinion to the same effect last week.