Japan, UK voice concern over East Sea, East China Sea situation hinh anh 1An Bang island in Vietnam's Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago in the East Sea (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) - Four ministers from Japan and the UK on February 3 voiced serious concern about the situation in the East Sea (South China Sea) and East China Sea and opposed any unilateral attempts to change the status quo, according to Reuters.

The joint statement was issued after an online meeting of Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi of Japan, and their respective British counterparts Dominic Raab and Ben Wallace.

The four ministers reaffirmed the importance of upholding freedom of navigation and overflight above the East Sea and urged all parties to exercise self-restraint and refrain from activities likely to raise tensions, the statement said./.