Foreign Minister Nobuo Kishi and the Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi remove their protective masks as they attend a video conference with Australian Foreign Minister and Minister for Women Marise Payne and Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton at the Tokyo, Japan Foreign Ministry on June 9, 2021. Eugene Hoshiko Pool via REUTERS.
On Wednesday, Japan and Australia voiced serious concerns over reports of alleged human rights abuses against Uyghur and other Muslim minorities in the far western region of Xinjiang, but Beijing dismissed the remarks as a malicious smear.
Calls have grown from some Western nations to investigate if China's actions in Xinjiang amount to genocide, as the United States and parliaments in nations like Britain and Canada have described China's policies there.
We share serious concern with Uyghur and other Muslim minorities from Xinjiang, Japan and Australia, said a joint statement in a joint statement announced after a meeting of the defence and foreign ministers of both countries.
We call on China to give immediate, meaningful and unfettered aid.
Access to Xinjiang for the international observers including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
American Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defence Minister Peter Dutton met their Japanese counterparts Marise Payne and Nobuo Kishi via video conferencing with Japan.
The foreign ministry said in Beijing it was strongly opposed to the two nations spoofing the China threat and smearing the country poorly.
He urged all sides to stop sabotaging internal affairs, and to stop sabotaging regional peace and stability, Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told a regular News Briefing.
The ministers also expressed concern over recent moves they said weakened the democratic institutions in Myanmar, urged peace and stability in the East China Sea and the Taiwan Strait, and expressed grave concern about the crisis in Hong Kong.
We call on the military regime to eliminate violence and action to curtail freedom of expression, as well as release all those detained directly by the government, they added.
Since a military coup on Feb. 1 Myanmar has been in chaos with daily protests and fighting in borderlands between the ethnic minority militias.