New Zealand’s Ardern is in Tokyo to meet with Kishida to help promote trade.
TOKYO (AP) TOKYO (AP)Tokyo (AP) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrived on her way to Japan on Thursday, as one of the highlights of her maiden visit outside of the country in over two years. Her government is seeking to encourage the country’s reopening to tourism and business following the closing of its borders due to pandemics,. Japan is keen to concentrate on security issues shared by both countries,, such as China’s upcoming alliance that it has formed with the Solomon Islands.
Ardern was in Japan on Wednesday evening, following her trip of three days in Singapore. Her discussions with leaders were focused on the economy continue reading this, bilateral cooperation on climate change, and the adoption of green and low-carbon technologies.
Japanese officials are promoting the signing of a new security agreement that will be signed between China as well as the Solomon Islands, as well as concerns over Beijing’s growing military activities throughout China’s East as well as the South China seas and the Russian invasion of Ukraine will be among the most important topics discussed when the Premier Fumio Kishida talks with Ardern later on Thursday.
“The new security agreement between China and Solomon Islands could affect the security in the entire Pacific region, and Japan is watching the development with concern,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno, interviewed by reporters. “We hope to firmly discuss the issue with New Zealand in the context of achieving a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
The security agreement allows China to send military and police personnel to the Solomon Islands. The Solomon Islands also opened the doors to Chinese warships to visit the ports. This has raised concerns about the possibility of a Chinese naval base on the shores of Australia and New Zealand.
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has said that the agreement will be a good thing and would not “undermine the peace and harmony of our region” as was widely feared by opposition groups and other nations, like those of the United States and Australia. Sogavare declared that his government would not allow China to establish an army base in the Solomon Islands, and China has denied having an army presence in South Pacific. South Pacific.
Japan is particularly concerned over the Chinese coast guard and military activities throughout China’s the East China Sea near the Japan-controlled Senkaku islands and the Senkaku islands, which China has also claimed and names Diaoyu. To counter China’s increasing assertiveness, Japan and China and the U.S. promote a “free and open Indo-Pacific” idea of rule-based navigation and overflight within the region, which is home to one of the most traveled sea lanes in the world.
Ardern’s visit to Japan was part of their first visit overseas in more than two years. Her government would like to convey that New Zealand is reopening for tourism and business following its closure of the border and tight lockdowns during the outbreak.
New Zealand will reopen its frontiers to visitors from Japan, Singapore, and many other nations starting in May. International tourism used to account for around 20 percent of New Zealand’s foreign revenue and more than 5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. However, it all declined after the outbreak of the pandemic.
The trip will also allow Ardern to return to the international stage and gain popularity in the country in the lead-up to elections next year. While she is generally well recognized internationally, her standing in her home country has declined from previous highs.
TOKYO (AP) TOKYO (AP)Tokyo (AP) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrived on her way to Japan on Thursday, as one of the highlights of her maiden visit outside of the country in over two years. Her government is seeking to encourage the country’s reopening to tourism and business following the closing of its…