Chinese mainland urges Japan to be 'prudent' over Taiwan question

An official of the Chinese mainland on Friday urged Japan to be "prudent with its words and actions" over the Taiwan question and stop making wrong remarks or taking wrong actions regarding the island. 

Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, made the statement in response to a report on a planned "security dialogue" between Japan's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). 

The Japan Times reported on Wednesday that the LDP, Japan's ruling party, is planning to hold an online "security dialogue" in a "two-plus-two" form with the DPP. The talks could be held "within this month at the earliest," the reported said, citing unnamed sources. 

Ma said the Japanese government and relevant individuals recently made a series of wrong remarks on the Taiwan question, which the mainland strongly opposes. 

"We urge the Japanese side to deeply reflect on history and immediately correct their mistakes," he said. 

Meanwhile, the spokesperson warned the DPP authority against colluding with external forces to seek independence. 

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying also commented on the report on Thursday, urging Japan to avoid interfering in China's domestic affairs in any form. 

"Taiwan is part of China," Hua said. "The Chinese side firmly opposes all forms of official interactions between Taiwan and countries having diplomatic ties with China." 

China repeatedly voiced opposition against Japan's provocations over the Taiwan question this year. Last month, Beijing blasted Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso's remarks on defending Taiwan together with the United States if the island is "invaded." Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian described Aso's remarks as "extremely wrong and dangerous." 

In June, China lodged stern representations with Japan after Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga referred to the Taiwan region as a country. 

(Cover: File photo of Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office. /CFP)

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