Highlights:

  • Assistant foreign minister Hua Chunying remarked Abe’s statement were “erroneous”
  • The assistant foreign minister of China asserted that the country had made “stern representation” to Japan
  • Japan’s former prime minister stated that Japan and Taiwan must work together to protect freedom and democracy

On Wednesday, China’s foreign ministry called Japan’s ambassador for an “emergency meeting” to report its protest following former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe mentioning neither Tokyo nor Washington could standby if China attacked Taiwan.

Assistant foreign minister Hua Chunying remarked Abe’s statement was “erroneous” and a violation of basic norms of relations between China and Japan in a meeting with Japanese ambassador Hideo Tarumi in Beijing, as per a statement from the Chinese foreign ministry.

During an online speech on Wednesday, Abe voiced, “A Taiwan crisis would be a Japan crisis and therefore a crisis for the Japan-US alliance.” He added, “It is imperative that people in Beijing not misjudge that, and most especially President Xi Jinping. The military adventure would lead to economic suicide.”

Calling Abe’s remark as “extremely erroneous”, Hua noted that it was “a brutal interference in China’s internal affairs and challenged China’s sovereignty.” Hua continued, “His flagrant support to ‘Taiwan independence’ forces seriously violated the basic norms of international relations and principles stipulated in the four political documents between China and Japan.”

The assistant foreign minister asserted that China is resolutely opposed to this and added that China had made “stern representation” to Japan. According to state media, she voiced that Japan is a country that introduced a war of aggression against China in history and committed heinous crimes against the Chinese people, and have no right to point fingers on the Taiwan questions.

Abe’s remark and China’s response signifying the growing tension in the region over Taiwan, which is a self-ruled democracy asserted by China as a breakaway region. Abe stated, “Japan, Taiwan and all people who believe in a democracy need to keep urging President Xi Jinping and other Chinese Communist Party leaders repeatedly not to step onto a wrong path.”

Japan’s former prime minister stated that Japan and Taiwan must work together to protect freedom and democracy. Abe continued, “A stronger Taiwan, a thriving Taiwan, and a Taiwan that guarantees freedom and human rights are also in Japan’s interest. Of course, this is also in the interest of the whole world.”

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