Asian leaders congratulate Kishida

The leaders of South Korea, China and Taiwan have congratulated Kishida Fumio on being elected Japan's new prime minister.

South Korea's presidential office said on Monday that President Moon Jae-in sent a letter to Kishida, calling for cooperation to improve bilateral relations in a future-oriented manner.

A spokesperson for the office added that the president hopes the two countries will communicate to show how neighboring nations can share the basic values of democracy and a market economy.

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory telegram to Kishida on Monday.

Xi reportedly conveyed his willingness to develop friendly ties between the two countries, saying that such relations would benefit both sides and also contribute to regional and global peace, stability and prosperity.

Meanwhile, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted in Japanese that she sends her heart-felt congratulations to Kishida and his new Cabinet. She expressed hope to further deepen friendly ties between Taiwan and Japan.