China summons Japanese ambassador over Abe’s Taiwan feedback

Former Japanese prime minister had warned of the intense penalties of Beijing taking the ‘wrong path’ over the self-ruled island.

China’s overseas ministry summoned Japan’s ambassador in Beijing for an “emergency meeting” on Wednesday night after former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated neither his nation nor the United States might stand by if China attacked Taiwan.

Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Hua Chunying referred to as Abe’s remarks “erroneous” and a violation of fundamental norms of relations between China and Japan within the assembly with ambassador Shui Hideo, based on a press release from China’s overseas ministry.

Abe’s feedback “openly challenged China’s sovereignty and gave brazen support to Taiwan independence forces”, it cited Hua as saying.

Speaking throughout a digital tackle with the Institute for National Policy Research, a think-tank in Taiwan, Abe on Wednesday warned of the intense safety and financial penalties of any Chinese army motion towards Taiwan and urged Beijing “not to step onto a wrong path”.

“Military adventure would lead to economic suicide,” the veteran politician added.

A Chinese invasion of Taiwan would represent a big risk to Japan and due to this fact “an emergency for the Japan-US alliance”, he stated.

“People in Beijing, especially President Xi Jinping, should never have a misunderstanding in recognising this.”

Abe, who stepped down as prime minister final yr, is head of the biggest faction of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and stays influential inside the get together.

China claims self-ruled Taiwan as a part of its personal territory and has not dominated out using pressure to take management of the island, which was as soon as a Japanese colony.

Since Tsai Ing-wen was elected president in 2016, Beijing has grow to be extra assertive over its claims, and in October despatched file numbers of army planes into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone.