French China | Updated on 09-08-2023
China has made serious representations to Japan and strongly condemns a Japanese politician’s visit to China’s Taiwan region and his irresponsible remarks aimed at heightening tensions across the strait, a spokesperson said on Wednesday. of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to media reports, Taro Aso, Vice Chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party and former Prime Minister of Japan, paid a visit to Taiwan, where he met with Tsai Ing-wen, William Lai and others, and delivered a speech, stating that there should be no war in the region, including the Taiwan Strait, and called for a strong deterrence posture and preparation for war.
In response, the Foreign Ministry spokesperson said that despite strong opposition from China, the Japanese politician had visited China and made irresponsible remarks aimed at heightening tensions across the strait, stir up antagonism and confrontation, as well as blatantly interfere in China’s internal affairs.
“This seriously violates the one-China principle and the spirit of the four political documents between China and Japan, and tramples the basic norms governing international relations. China has made serious demarches to Japan and strongly condemns this act,” the spokesperson added.
Noting that Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory and the Taiwan issue is totally China’s internal affair which does not tolerate any foreign interference, the spokesperson pointed out that for half a century, Japan has exercised a colonial rule in Taiwan, brutally suppressed the resistance of its people and committed atrocious crimes.
As a country responsible for the historic crimes it committed against China, Japan should all the more learn from history and act with caution, the spokesperson stressed, adding that the Japanese politician however, had repeatedly raised the possibility of “a war” while in Taiwan, a clear attempt to stir up trouble in the Taiwan Strait and push the people in the Taiwan area to the brink of the abyss.
“China today is not what it was when the Qing government signed the Treaty of Shimonoseki in 1895, and what makes this Japanese politician believe he is in a position adequate or that he has the confidence to make such unwarranted remarks about Taiwan?” asked the spokesman.
The spokesperson said complete reunification of the motherland is the common aspiration of all sons and daughters of the Chinese nation, and an irreversible historical trend. No one should underestimate the Chinese people’s firm determination, strong will and great ability to uphold the nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“We earnestly urge Japan to reflect deeply on its history of aggression, uphold the one-China principle and its commitments on the Taiwan issue, and stop interfering in China’s internal affairs, as well as than supporting separatist forces seeking ‘Taiwan independence’ in any form,” the spokesperson said.
“We also have a clear message to the authorities in Taiwan: ‘Taiwan independence’ has no future, seeking Japan’s support and selling out Taiwan will only harm the people in Taiwan, and any attempt provocative collusion with outside forces in the pursuit of independence is doomed to failure,” the spokesperson added.