Chinese President Xi Jinping‘s visit to Japan has become an open question. The two sides originally agreed to visit Japan as state guests last year, but the visit was delayed by various factors such as the New Crown Epidemic, but Japanese officials now believe that even if the epidemic subsides, Xi’s visit to Japan will be difficult to achieve within the year.
According to a report by the Sankei Shimbun, the Chinese and Japanese governments originally scheduled Xi Jinping’s visit to Japan as a state guest last April, which was postponed but not canceled due to the New Crown epidemic, but the two countries have since stopped discussing Xi’s visit to Japan.
The Sankei Shimbun reports that, in addition to not seeing when the epidemic will subside, China’s behavior is also the main reason that prevents Xi Jinping’s visit to Japan.
China’s maritime police ships went out for a record 333 days in the waters around the Diaoyu Islands last year, and Japan believes that Chinese maritime police ships have frequently invaded “territorial waters” and followed Japanese fishing boats in the Diaoyu Islands this year, leading to an increase in the situation on the islands.
The human rights issue is even bigger, with China implementing a Hong Kong version of the National Security Law in Hong Kong, arresting Hong Kong pro-democracy activists and persecuting Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, the international community is looking at China with increasing severity. Under such circumstances, the Sankei Shimbun reported, if Japan asks Xi to visit Japan as a state guest, it is likely to send a wrong message to the outside world that “Japan is acquiescing to China’s practices.
Another important reason is that if Xi is scheduled to visit Japan as a state guest, he should meet with Japanese Emperor Tokujin, which can only be done in a welcoming atmosphere for Japanese people, but a poll released by the Cabinet Office in February showed that 77.3 percent of Japanese people said they “have no good feelings toward China.
The news quoted a senior Japanese official as saying that it is impossible to invite Japan to visit Japan as a state guest this year, and that it depends on China’s performance whether Xi Jinping can visit Japan next year, the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Japan.