Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on Thursday expressed "grave concern" over an ongoing large-scale military drill launched by China in the strait dividing Taiwan and the mainland, the Japanese government said.

In a meeting of foreign ministers from ASEAN countries along with Japan, China and South Korea in Phnom Penh, Hayashi said Tokyo expects issues related to the self-ruled democratic island to be "resolved peacefully," according to the Foreign Ministry.

The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations held the meeting with the three countries amid rising U.S.-China tensions over U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan earlier this week.

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi attends an ASEAN foreign ministerial meeting in Phnom Penh on Aug. 4, 2022. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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