UPDATE 1: Japan PM says agreed with China's Xi to boost security communication

AFP , Thursday 17 Nov 2022

Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday that he and Chinese President Xi Jinping had agreed to boost communication on security matters at a summit in Bangkok.

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Combined Photo: Chinese President Xi Jinping (R), and Japan s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (L) attend a session at the G20 Leaders Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. AP

"We agreed on strengthening communication in the field of security," Kishida told reporters, without giving further details.

Meanwhile, Kishida said Thursday he expressed "serious concerns" over regional security issues to Chinese President Xi Jinping in Bangkok, where the pair held their first face-to-face talks.

"I also expressed serious concerns over the situation in the East China Sea, including the Senkaku islands, China's military activities including ballistic missile launches from China, and I stressed the importance of peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait," Kishida told reporters.

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