Taipei leader pushes for deeper security cooperation with Tokyo in meeting with top Japanese lawmaker
China said it filed “serious” complaints to the Japanese government after a leader of its ruling political party visited Taiwan, insisting the island was part of its sovereign territory while demanding an end to all direct diplomacy with Taipei.
Asked about the visit at a press briefing on Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Beijing was considering the move. “challenging,” accusing some Japanese politicians of organizing “waterfalls” for their own account “selfish political gains”.
“China firmly opposes this and has made serious representations to the Japanese side,” He continued. “We urge Japan to uphold the one-China principle, … to cease all forms of official contact with the Taiwan region and to stop sending false signals to the separatist ‘Taiwan independence’ forces.
Arriving in Taiwan on Monday, the Japanese delegation was led by Hiroshige Seko, general secretary of the Liberal Democratic Party and former minister of economy, trade and industry under the late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Seko has held talks with a number of senior officials, including Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who expressed hope for further “exchanges in the field of security”, according to local media.
Seko also pointed out that he is “necessary to further develop the links”, arguing that Taiwan and Japan share “Common values,” but added that “Efforts must be made for peace and stability in the region.”
Wang went on to criticize Japan’s colonial history, saying that while Taiwan was once ruled by Tokyo, it is a “Inalienable part of Chinese territory”. He also warned Taipei leaders that “Any attempt to go against the tide of history and solicit foreign support to seek ‘Taiwan independence’ is doomed to failure.”
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Seko’s visit was preceded by another trip to Taipei by Liberal Democratic Party policy chief Koichi Hagiuda earlier in December, one of a string of high-profile overseas visits in recent months. . Chinese officials have repeatedly condemned such junkets and conducted unprecedented military exercises over the summer following a trip by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Similar drills were launched in the airspace and waters around Taiwan earlier this week.
Although the island has never officially declared independence from Beijing, Taiwan has been self-governing since the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, when nationalists fighting under the Kuomintang were defeated by communist forces. Between 1895 and 1945, Taiwan was a Japanese colony, but the two governments have had no formal diplomatic relations since Tokyo severed ties in 1972.
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