October 15, 2021

China blasts Japanese minister’s ‘sinister’ remarks about Taiwan

China blasts Japanese minister’s ‘sinister’ remarks about Taiwan

China blasts Japanese minister’s ‘sinister’ remarks about Taiwan

Vincent Ni
29 June 2021

China and Japan are once again embroiled in a diplomatic row over Taiwan, in the latest example of Beijing’s extreme sensitivity over the status of the self-ruled island and Tokyo’s changing attitude towards Beijing.

Speaking to the US conservative thinktank Hudson Institute on Monday, Japan’s state minister of defense, Yasuhide Nakayama, spoke of a growing threat posed by Chinese and Russian collaboration, and said it was necessary to “wake up” to Beijing’s pressure on Taiwan and protect the island “as a democratic country”.

The comments immediately outraged Beijing, which has lodged a diplomatic protest over Nakayama’s characterization of Taiwan as a country. On Tuesday, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin, called Nakayama’s remarks “a serious violation”.

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