China, Russia stroll out throughout Japan’s remarks at ASEAN-related assembly
The overseas ministers of China and Russia on Friday walked out when it was their Japanese counterpart's flip to talk at an Affiliation of Southeast Asian Nations-related assembly in Phnom Penh, diplomatic sources stated.
China's Wang Yi and Russia's Sergey Lavrov left their seats apparently in protest at Japan's criticism of army workout routines.
A regional ministerial meeting bringing together 18 Asia-Pacific countries exposed a rift Friday over ongoing military drills near Chinese Taiwan in response to a high-level U.S. visit to the island, conference sources said.
On Thursday, five of the ballistic missiles launched in the exercise fell into Japan's exclusive economic zone, according to the Japanese government.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi rebutted Hayashi's claim, saying Japan and China have yet to demarcate the waters, according to Association of Southeast Asian Nations sources.
In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the military had issued safety alerts and there were no areas that could be called Japan's EEZ in the relevant waters.