TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Zhao Li-jian (趙立堅) spoke out strongly against Japanese Deputy Defense Minister Nakayama Yasuhide’s statement this week on Taiwan’s security.
Zhao described a statement made by Nakayama on Wednesday (Sept. 8) that Japan views Taiwan’s defense as its own affair as “extremely absurd” and taking matters in a “totally dangerous direction.” China expresses its strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to this, he said, and has already taken up the issue with Japan through diplomatic channels.
Zhao added that Japan's militarists used "geographical proximity" as an excuse for launching foreign invasions during World War II. He said, "There is still a force advocating this logic” in Japan in the 21st century, and it is a “very dangerous trend."
Zhao claimed China will be vigilant and monitor Japan’s intentions regarding Taiwan. Japan, he says, "carries historical guilt" toward China's people and should therefore be more cautious in its words and deeds.
Japan should immediately stop interfering in China's internal affairs and must not send false signals toward pro-independence factions in Taiwan, he added.