China complains to Australia over former PM’s ‘inappropriate’ comments in Taiwan

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China has lodged a strong representation with Australia over “inappropriate” comments made by the country’s former prime minister Tony Abbott about Taiwan.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Monday that Mr Abbott’s comments sent a “seriously wrong signal” and claimed the one-China principle was a well-recognized norm in the international community.

“The relevant words and actions by the Australian politician go against the one-China principle and send a seriously wrong signal,” Mr. Zhao said. “China strongly opposes this. We have made a strong report for Australia,” he said.


China’s embassy in Australia also condemned Mr Abbott’s statements in a statement on its website, calling them a “disgusting and insane demonstration in Taiwan”.

“Tony Abbott is a failed and pathetic politician. His recent disgusting and insane performance in Taiwan has completely exposed his anti-China characteristics,” the embassy said.

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Mr Abbott, during his visit to Taiwan in person last week, met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and told a security forum that China could criticize it as its economy is slowing and its finances “extreme”. ” Happening.

Delivering a keynote address to the Yushan Forum, he accused China of displaying “increasing belligerence for Taiwan” amid recent incursions by military aircraft into Taiwan’s air defense area.

Praising Taiwan, he described the region as a “wonderful country” before correcting himself to call it a “wonderful place”.

Beijing maintains that Taiwan is part of its national territory, even though the island has been self-governing since its separation from the mainland in 1949 following a civil war.

The former prime minister later said he would return to Australia with a message to the government to support Taiwan in every possible way as it was “under a challenge from its vast neighbour”.

Meanwhile, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on Sunday vowed to defend the island from Beijing’s aggression, amid escalating tensions with China.

Speaking at Taiwan’s National Day celebrations, he said: “We will do our best to prevent unilaterally changing the status quo.”

Since last Friday, Beijing has sent a record number of military jets into Taiwan’s air defense sector.

Taiwan’s defense ministry said three Chinese aircraft, including two fighter jets, entered the region on Sunday.


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