TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Japan’s former defense minister, Tokuichiro Tamazawa, told the two-day Yushan Forum in Taipei that as Taiwan already enjoys de facto independence, its best way to deal with China now is to maintain the status quo while remaining calm.
Tamazawa said in his speech, “Taiwan is already an independent democratic and free country. To protect your country, it will be a good idea to refrain from acting with undue haste.”
According to the Japan Times, the ex-defense chief of Japan counseled that Taiwan should maintain its calm so peace and stability between Taiwan and China could prevail, and wait until the time is ‘right.’ He said he believed that the right time will come when Taiwan will eventually be given the name of an independent nation.
He also mentioned that he wasn’t sure how long it would take for Taiwan to achieve the state of an ‘independent’ nation because it is an issue the Taiwanese government should spend time studying. He used the example of the Baltic countries who got their independence from the Soviet Union.
Tamazawa said the wait may be decades long or even centuries as a specific date cannot be set now.
It was not only Tamazawa who spoke about Taiwan as an independent nation. Another former defense chief of Japan, Kazoo Aichi, said Taiwan has all that it takes to become an independent nation.
Tamazawa said Taiwan and China have many issues to discuss in regard to this matter which should be addressed properly.
“China may look strong outside, but it has many problems inside” he said as quoted by the Japan Times.
The two-day forum has been organized by a Taiwan government affiliated organization with the goal to promote President Tsai Ing-wen’s New Southbound Policy, which is the new government’s initiative to boost and enhance ties with countries in South East Asia, South Asia, Australia and New Zealand with hopes to reduce Taiwan’s economic dependency on China.