Japanese PM Kishida meets Pelosi in Tokyo

STORY: Pelosi's brief trip to Taiwan, where she arrived unannounced with a congressional delegation late on Tuesday and left on Wednesday, marked the highest-level U.S. visit to the self-ruled island, which China claims as its own, in 25 years.

It also came as Tokyo, one of Washington's closest allies, has been increasingly alarmed about China's growing might in the Indo-Pacific and the possibility that Beijing could take military action against Taiwan.

"I have told her (Pelosi) that it (China's action) is a serious issue for our security and for the safety of Japanese people, that we strongly condemn China and have protested, the recent actions of China create serious concerns for the region and to the peace and stability to the international community, and that we urged they (China) stop military drills immediately," Kishida told reporters after meeting Pelosi.

In Tokyo, Pelosi is also expected to meet her Japanese counterpart Hiroyuki Hosoda, speaker of the more powerful lower house of parliament.