China calls 'emergency meeting' with Japan's envoy over Abe's 'wrong' Taiwan remarks
Updated 16:26, 02-Dec-2021

China's Assistant Foreign Minister Hua Chunying on Wednesday night called an urgent meeting with Japanese Ambassador to China Tarumi Hideo to lodge solemn representations over former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's erroneous remarks concerning China.

Hua said Abe had made extremely wrong remarks on the Taiwan question, grossly interfered in China's internal affairs, openly challenged China's sovereignty and blatantly supported "Taiwan independence" forces.

Abe's remarks seriously violated the basic norms governing international relations and the principles of the four political documents governing China-Japan relations, Hua said, adding that "China is firmly opposed to this."

Noting that Japan had launched a war of aggression against China and committed heinous crimes against the Chinese people in history, Hua said it is absolutely not qualified and has no right to make irresponsible remarks on the Taiwan question.

Hua said China strongly urged the Japanese side to reflect deeply on history and learn from history, not to damage China's sovereignty in any way and not to send any wrong signals to the "Taiwan independence" forces. 

The Japanese side was also urged not to underestimate the strong determination, firm will and powerful capability of the Chinese people to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity and not go any further down the wrong road.

"Whoever plays with fire will get burnt," she warned.

The Japanese ambassador said he attached importance to China's representations and promised to immediately report to his own government.

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