The developing relations between Beijing and Moscow caused tension in the Pacific. In the face of China's increased influence in the Indo-Pacific, the Japanese government will raise levels of concern in the latest edition of its annual foreign policy report. The Japanese Foreign Ministry's "Diplomatic Bluebook 2023" report will strengthen the emphasis on China's influence, the official Kyodo agency reported, citing cabinet sources.
Accordingly, the message of "strong security concerns" recorded in 2022 against China will be updated as China's "biggest strategic challenge".
"Beijing's diplomatic stance and military activities are a matter of serious concern to Japan and the international community," the report said.
The report, which will be noted that the Beijing-Moscow relations caused deep concern after the Russia-Ukraine crisis, will emphasize the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. The annual report is expected to be published in April after the cabinet approval of Prime Minister Kishida Fumio.