Taiwan ‘could be next Ukraine’, Japan’s prime minister warns G7 leaders

‘The situation around Japan is becoming increasingly severe with attempts to unilaterally change the status quo’

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar
Sunday 15 January 2023 11:49 GMT

Related: Russian missiles fly over Kyiv as hundreds hit Ukraine

Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida told Western nations that east Asia could become the next Ukraine given a rise in China’s aggression against Taiwan and North Korea’s military activity.

During his first trip to Washington since his election in October 2021, Mr Kishida visited leaders of all members of the Group of 7 nations (G7), except Germany.

The Japanese president stressed the importance of standing up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, arguing that if a unilateral change to the status quo went unchallenged, the same would happen elsewhere.

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