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Japan has called for China's military drills to be cancelled "immediately."

 On Friday, Japan's prime minister slammed China's use of ballistic missiles during military manoeuvres outside Taiwan, calling them a "severe problem" that threatens Japan's national security and the safety of its people.


Tokyo claims that five Chinese missiles have landed in the country's exclusive economic zone, with four of them flying over Taiwan's main island, according to the report.


 


Chinese activities "have a major influence on peace and stability in our area and the international community," Japan's prime minister said after a breakfast meeting with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.


"I informed her that we have requested that the military training be immediately halted."


As a result of Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, China has conducted its largest-ever military drills surrounding the island.


Her visit to Taiwan, the most prominent U.S. official in years, made it "unequivocally clear" that the United States would not desert a democratic partner, the 82-year-old legislator said.


 


According to Chinese government statements, Taiwan is an integral part of their territory and they have pledged to take back control of it at any cost.


 


On geopolitics, Kishida stated that he and Pelosi talked about the need to work toward a world free of nuclear weapons and the relationship between China and Russia.


 


On her way back from a trip to the North Korean border in South Korea, another important US ally, Pelosi landed late on Thursday night. Since 2015, this is her first visit to Japan.


To oppose the exercises, Tokyo has submitted a diplomatic protest in Beijing.


Taiwan and the islets at the centre of a long-running dispute between Tokyo and Beijing are both close to Japan's southernmost Okinawa province.


The exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of Japan stretches out to a distance of up to 200 nautical miles from the country's coast.


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