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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Remarks on Japanese Lawmaker’s Visit to Taiwan

2022-08-23 17:58

Q: According to reports, Keiji Furuya, a Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker of Japan and chairperson of the Japan-ROC Diet Members’ Consultative Council, is in Taiwan for a visit from August 22 to 24 and will meet Tsai Ing-wen. What is China’s comment?

A: In disregard of China’s stern démarches, Keiji Furuya has visited the Taiwan region of China, which grossly interferes in China’s internal affairs, blatantly violates the one-China principle and the spirit of the four China-Japan political documents and sends a seriously wrong signal to the “Taiwan independence” separatist forces. China strongly deplores this egregious move and will take resolute and strong measures to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s sacred territory. The Taiwan question bears on the political foundation of China-Japan relations and the basic trust between our two countries. The Japanese side made a solemn commitment on this question to the Chinese side. Japan once kept Taiwan under its colonial rule for half a century. Japan is historically responsible for its serious wrongdoing to the Chinese people and has all the more reason to be prudent in its words and deeds. To seek selfish political gains, certain Japanese politician has colluded with the “Taiwan independence” forces to make a political stunt just like some others have done. The Japanese government connived at such political manipulation to undermine China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Such behavior of reneging on one’s commitment with sinister intention is doomed to fail and will not stop the historic process of China’s complete reunification. We urge the Japanese side to deeply reflect on the events of history, abide by the principles of the four China-Japan political documents and the commitments it has made, stop making provocation and stop stirring up trouble on the Taiwan question. Japan must not wade in muddy water and seek selfish gains in the Taiwan Strait. It must stop going further down the wrong path. 

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