If President Xi Jinping’s visit to Japan as a state guest is to be cancelled, it is the best solution to Japan. The President’s visit had been scheduled for April this year, but it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to today’s media reports, the visit is to be further extended. We will continue our movements to protest against the President’s visit as a state guest until the time when it will be completely cancelled.
China is now expanding too many hegemonic actions in Asia including the East and South China Seas, which have been condemned by the US, some of the European countries, China’s neighboring countries, and Japan. In my opinion, China is responsible for the following hegemonic actions.
1. Chinese coastal guard vessels’ invasion in the territorial waters surrounding the Senkaku Islands
Chinese coastal guard vessels have frequently entered the contiguous zone and intruded into the territorial waters surrounding Japan’s Senkaku Islands for the past several months. The Chinese government should stop these actions because the Senkaku Islands are an inherent part of the territory of Japan historically and under international law as the Japanese government officially explains.
2. China’s new national security law for Hong Kong
The draft of China’s new national security law for Hong Kong was adopted by the national people’s congress on May 28. However, it is considered to have collapsed Hong Kong’s current status of ‘one country, two systems’ which was once guaranteed by China. According to a joint communique between the governments of the UK and China announced in 1984, the UK was obliged to return the sovereignty of Hong Kong to China on July 1, 1997, and China pledged to preserve capitalism in Hong Kong under its policy of ‘one country, two systems’ for 50 years until 2047. Not only many demonstrators in Hong Kong but also many governments of the world—the US, the UK and some European countries—are now protesting against China’s new national security law for Hong Kong.
3. China’s occupation of many small islands in the South Sea
In the South China Sea, China has been occupying small islands, and the territorial issues of these islands are disputed between China and its neighboring countries. China is responsible for negotiating with its neighboring countries.
4. Chinese diplomatic and military pressure on Taiwan
China’s diplomatic and military pressure on Taiwan has been escalating since Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen was reelected for her second term in office in January. In her speech at her inauguration ceremony which was held in Taipei on May 20, she announced that Taiwan would not accept the ‘one country, two systems’ model which the Chinese government offered, and proposed a dialogue with China to achieve peaceful coexistence. In response, Chinese military drills by jet fighters and warships around Taiwan have recently been carried out to threaten Taiwan’s wish for its independence.
5. The Chinese government’s approval of Tibet as an autonomous region of China
The 14th Dalai Lama took political asylum in India after Tibetan people’s revolt broke out in 1959, and in 1965 Tibet Autonomous Region was established, although it was rather a semi-autonomous region which was similar to a provincial-level division of China. After its hardship under the Great Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), Tibetan economy became relatively stable because of the economic reform and open door policy that were carried out under the President Deng Xiaoping’s regime (1978-1989), but it caused an economic gap between many well-off Chinese immigrants and Tibetan people. A series of revolts broke out, the largest one in the Tibetan regional capital of Lhasa in 1989, and another large one in 2008 when Beijing Olympic Games were held. After these revolts were put down, the Chinese government has continued to strengthen its regulations for Tibetan people including the restrictions on their political and religious activities. Chinese language is being used at schools and public offices in Tibet.
6. Muslim people in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region confined in the Chinese Communist Party’s Re-Education Camp
In August 2018, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reported its observations on China’s human rights violations in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and in the following years, this issue was covered widely in the mass media, particularly in the liberal countries. Many Muslim people in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region have been kept in custody and put into the Chinese Communist Party’s Re-Education Camp under compulsion. Every Muslim person’s move is always monitored by cameras and his religious freedom is not allowed. The number of Uyghur detainees are said to reach one million, and this number has yet to be resurveyed. The UK, the US and many other liberal countries have condemned the Chinese government for this non-humanistic deed for the past several years.
Together with my colleagues, I am earnestly appealing to many members of the General Council, the Foreign Affairs Division, and several other committees in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) the importance of opposing China’s President Xi Jinping’s visit to Japan as a state guest. Most of the members of the LDP as well as the officials in the government including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are making their efforts to cease President Xi Jinping’s visit to Japan as a state guest, but they need to put even more effort. I am convinced that the Chinese issue and the result of President Trump’s presidential election in fall will be the most crucial themes this year.