China summons Japan envoy over former PM Abe's comments on Taiwan

China summons Japan envoy over former PM Abe's comments on Taiwan

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China summons Japan envoy over former PM Abe's comments on Taiwan

China's foreign ministry summoned Japan's ambassador in Beijing for an 'emergency meeting' on Wednesday, after former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said neither his country nor the United States could stand by if China attacked Taiwan.

2 minute readFormer Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives at the parliament building to attend a parliament session to face questioning over a possible violation of election funding laws, in Tokyo, Japan December 25, 2020. REUTERS/Issei KatoRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com

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RegisterSHANGHAI, Dec 2 (Reuters) - China's foreign ministry summoned Japan's ambassador in Beijing for an "emergency meeting" on Wednesday, after former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said neither his country nor the United States could stand by if China attacked Taiwan.

Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Hua Chunying called Abe's remarks "erroneous" and a violation of basic norms of relations between China and Japan in the meeting with ambassador Hideo Tarumi, according to a statement from China's Foreign Ministry. headtopics.com

Abe's comments "openly challenged China's sovereignty and gave brazen support to Taiwan independence forces," it cited Hua as saying.Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegister"China is resolutely opposed to this," it said, adding Hua had made "stern representations" to Japan.

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Asked about the summons at a regular press briefing in Tokyo on Thursday, Japan's chief cabinet secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said Japan disagreed with China's action as the Japanese government was not in a position to comment on remarks made by people not in the government.

"Ambassador Tarumi said ... it is necessary for China to understand there are people in Japan who have such opinions and Japan cannot accept China's one-sided views on such matters," Matsuno said.On Wednesday,speakingat a virtual forum organised by a Taiwanese think tank, Abe said an armed invasion of Taiwan would pose a grave danger to Japan.

Abe, who stepped down as prime minister last year, is head of the largest faction of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and remains influential within the party.Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterReporting by Josh Horwitz, additional reporting by Sakura Murakami; Editing by Lincoln Feast and Richard Pullin headtopics.com

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