China summons Japanese ambassador over Abe’s Taiwan comments

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The former Japanese prime minister has warned of dire consequences for Beijing’s “wrong way” on the self-governing island.

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China’s foreign ministry called on Japan’s ambassador to Beijing for an “emergency meeting” on Wednesday evening, after former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that neither his country nor the United States would if China attacked Taiwan. can stand.

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Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Hua Chunying, in a meeting with Ambassador Hideo Tarumi, called Abe’s remarks “incorrect” and a violation of basic norms of relations between China and Japan, according to a statement from China’s foreign ministry.

Abe’s comments “openly challenged China’s sovereignty and openly supported Taiwan’s independence forces”, it quoted Hua as saying.

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Speaking during a virtual address with the Institute for National Policy Research, a think-tank in Taiwan, Abe on Wednesday warned of the dire security and economic consequences of any Chinese military action against Taiwan and called on Beijing to “step on the wrong path”. urged not to lift”. ,

“Military adventure will lead to economic suicide,” said the veteran politician.

He said the Chinese invasion of Taiwan would be a significant threat to Japan and would therefore be “an emergency for the Japan-US alliance”.

“The people in Beijing, especially President Xi Jinping, should never be mistaken in recognizing this.”

Asked about the summons at a regular press briefing in Tokyo on Thursday, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said Japan disagrees with China’s action because the Japanese government is in a position to comment on comments made by people not in the government. I was not.

“Ambassador Tarumi said … it is important for China to understand that there are people in Japan who hold such opinions and that Japan cannot accept China’s unilateral views on such matters,” Matsuno said.

Abe, who stepped down as prime minister last year, heads the largest faction of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and remains influential within the party.

China claims self-governing Taiwan as part of its territory and has not ruled out using force to control the island, which was once a Japanese colony.

Since Tsai Ing-wen was elected president in 2016, Beijing has become more vocal on its claims, and in October sent a record number of military aircraft into Taiwan’s air defense detection zone.

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