A senior Japanese leader has warned of a “catastrophe” if Beijing “coup d’etat” Japan by seizing control of its economy.
The comments came as China accused the West of orchestrating the coup in Tokyo and accused Tokyo of seeking to “overthrow” its own government.
The remarks by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came as the US and European Union announced sanctions on the Japanese leader.
Japanese PM Abe speaks during a news conference with Japanese President Tsai Ing-wen (not pictured) in Tokyo, Japan, November 21, 2018.
Reuters/Hakubun ShimomuraJapanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said he is “sickened” by what he called “cacophonous and reckless behaviour” from the West.
This is an attempt by those who seek to dominate the world. “
This is a coup d’état by the West, an attempt to take over Japan.
It is unacceptable that those who are trying to control the world, who are the ones that are trying for world domination, have taken this step.”””
We are the world’s last superpower.
It is unacceptable that those who are trying to control the world, who are the ones that are trying for world domination, have taken this step.””
We must put an end to this.
It’s a serious matter and I am sick of this.”
Japan’s PM Abe says he is ‘sick of’ the US-led global economic order.
pic.twitter.com/YwXs6xjRQg Japan’s Prime Minister says he will take action against ‘cacophony, reckless behaviour’ in the world pic.t.co/rZwqQK2e9K — ABC News (@ABC) November 21.
The comment was made during a phone call with US President Donald Trump.
Abe said he has warned the US president about the potential economic impact of the coup.
He also said: Japan will not accept an attempt on its economy, nor will it accept a coup against its government.
Japan has long been one of the most vocal opponents of China’s growing economic power in Asia.”
If this attempt succeeds, we are not able to survive,” Abe said.
Japan has long been one of the most vocal opponents of China’s growing economic power in Asia.
Trump is widely seen as the main architect of the so-called “pivot” to Asia, which has seen Tokyo and other Pacific allies increasingly assert their territorial claims in the South China Sea.
A US official told reporters on Friday that Trump will hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday in New York.
“We’re going to be talking about a number of issues and we’re going see how we can work together on those issues,” the official said.
A Japanese official told Reuters: “We’re prepared to cooperate.”
China, which is Japan’s closest ally, has made it clear that it wants to maintain its dominance in the region.
China’s foreign ministry on Friday accused the US of attempting to use the crisis in Tokyo as a pretext to overthrow Japan.
The ministry said that the incident shows the US has no respect for international law and the dignity of the ruling party and the ruling family.
A statement from the ministry said the “US government has used a coup attempt in Tokyo to attack China and its legitimate government.
This shows that the Trump administration has no regard for the dignity and sovereignty of the Chinese people.”
Reuters/Koji SasaharaChina’s Foreign Ministry also said the US’s attempts to overthrow the ruling Japanese government were a “serious” step that would have serious consequences for regional peace and stability.
China also accused the White House of trying to manipulate the situation in Japan.
“It is a matter of deep concern that the United States has sought to manipulate events in Japan, and it is a serious attempt to subvert the ruling government and the nation’s international standing,” a statement by the ministry read.
“Japan will not tolerate this kind of conduct.”