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China reiterates it won’t allow any country to interfere in Taiwan

Terming a statement of a top Japanese official as “dangerous,” China on Tuesday reiterated that it won’t allow any country to interfere in Taiwan, state-run media said.

“We will never allow any country to interfere in the Taiwan question by any means. No one should underestimate the Chinese people's firm determination, will and strength to safeguard national sovereignty,” Zhao Lijian, spokesman of China’s Foreign Ministry, told a news conference in Beijing.

He was reacting to Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Aso Taro, who said on Monday that his country “may take action if China invades Taiwan.”

China considers Taiwan a “breakaway province” while Taipei insists on being independent since 1949 having full diplomatic relations with at least 16 nations.

“If a major incident happened [in Taiwan], it would not be strange at all if it touches on a situation threatening survival,” said Taro. “If that is the case, Japan and the US must defend Taiwan together.”

“Taro’s remarks are extremely wrong and dangerous. They would undermine the political foundations of China-Japan ties,” the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman asserted, according to the Global Times newspaper.


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