Beijing Reacts To Japan-Taiwan Groundbreaking 2+2 Security Dialogue With ‘warnings’
republicworld– After Tokyo snubbed warnings against holding groundbreaking online “2+2” meeting with Taiwan, China on Friday, 27 August 2021, reacted harshly, warning Tokyo to stop interfering in China’s internal affairs. Tokyo held a dialogue with Taipei citing an impact on its own economy as the two nations sought to strengthen bilateral ties to counter China’s belligerence. A foreign affairs parliamentarian Masahisa Sato for Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic party told FT newspaper that dialogue with Taiwan was mandatory as it would have “a serious impact” on Japan’s economy and national security.
Tokyo, although, in the recent months had also hinted that it would make investments to ramp up Taiwanese defences against Beijing, should the island resort to defending its sovereignty. Think tanks believe that a Chinese attack on Taiwan would imply a threat to Tokyo’s outlying islands under Japanese control.
Lodging a strong protest against Tokyo’s latest move, China on Friday lambasted Japanese officials for holding talks related to regional security in the Indo-Pacific. “Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian told a presser Friday, adding that China opposes any attempts of foreign intervention or official exchange with China’s diplomatic partners, including the island of Taiwan.