Beijing lashes out at Abe over former leader’s Taiwan warning

China lashed out at Shinzo Abe yesterday after the former Japanese prime minister warned of the serious security and economic consequences of any Chinese military action against the self-ruled island.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Abe had “talked nonsense, pointed fingers at Taiwan issues and made irresponsible remarks on China internal affairs.
He said China “strongly opposes and deplores this” and had protested to Japan through diplomatic channels.
“No one should underestimate the resolve determination, firm will and strong ability of the Chinese people to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Wen told reporters at a daily briefing. “Anyone who dares to repeat militarism and challenge the bottom line of the Chinese people will surely be shattered in the face.”
That came after Abe delivered remarks against a miscalculation over Taiwan by China’s ruling Communist Party.
China claims self-governing Taiwan as its own territory to be annexed by force if necessary and has been upping its military threat by holding military exercises near the island and frequently sending warplanes into its air defense identification zone.
“I think that Japan, Taiwan and all the democratic countries need to keep urging President Xi Jinping and the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party not to step onto a wrong path,” Abe said in a virtual speech on Taiwan-Japan relations to a Taipei-based think tank.
“Military adventure would lead to economic suicide,” Abe said.
Taiwan was a Japanese colony for 50 years until the end of World War II and relations between the two remain close, shored up by the U.S.-Japan defense alliance and Washington’s strong, if unofficial, support for the island. MDT/AP

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