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China reacts sharply to Japan’s defense white paper

  • July 14, 2021
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All national dailies took up this year’s defense white paper that was released by the Defense Ministry on Tuesday, saying that it states for the first time that the stability of the Taiwan Strait is “important for the security of Japan and the stability of the international community.” The Chinese government reportedly reacted sharply, with its Foreign Ministry spokesperson telling the press: “The Japanese side has interfered in the domestic affairs of China and irresponsibly spread the China threat narrative concerning its legitimate military and naval activities. We express extreme dissatisfaction and absolute opposition…. Nobody is permitted to interfere in the Taiwan issue.”

 

On the other hand, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry reportedly welcomed the Japanese document and expressed “heartfelt gratitude.” A ministry spokesperson was quoted as saying: “The Taiwanese government will defend the democratic values and the rule-based international order and maintain regional peace, stability, and prosperity in close coordination with Japan and others.”

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