Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary: I hope China will take responsibility as a great power

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary today, July 1, called on China to assume its responsibilities as a major power and abide by international rules on the occasion of the centennial of the Communist Party’s founding. Kato said that freedom and democracy, the rule of law and other universal values should be guaranteed in all countries, including China.

Kyodo News, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsuharu Kato said at a press conference on July 1 on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China that “China, as a big country, has the responsibility to participate in regional and international issues.” He said, “It is important to continue to follow the rules of the international community and to take responsibility and live up to expectations.”

Kato also argued that universal values such as freedom and democracy and the rule of law should be guaranteed in all countries, including China.

On Japan-China relations, Kato stressed that “we will make full use of the opportunity for high-level communication to resolve outstanding issues one by one through a frank exchange of views and dialogue.” He also reiterated his attitude of not allowing Chinese maritime police vessels to repeatedly sail into the territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands (known in China as the Diaoyu Islands).

China asks for a congratulatory message

According to the internal sources of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito Party (Komeito), both parties called China at the request of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to express their wish for peace, development and stability on the occasion of the party’s centenary, as quoted by RFE/RL correspondent Chu Liang-I today, July 1. The Japanese Communist Party, however, did not send a congratulatory message because, according to the party’s public relations department, “the Chinese side did not ask us to send a congratulatory message.