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China resolutely opposed to ex-Japan PM Aso's Taiwan remarks

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Why is that man ever allowed out in public?

1 ( +14 / -13 )

Former Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso is a incorrigible gaffoholic.

Has my vote to "once again wantonly provoke and interfere in China's internal affairs on the Taiwan issue."  to his hearts content.

In fact I would happily volunteer to hold the bullhorn and lift the letterbox of the The Chinese Embassy in Tokyo so to provoke all "n" sundry inside.

"In such a scenario, Tokyo, Canberra and Washington must speak in one voice that they shall not tolerate any change in the status quo achieved through force," Aso said. "If our response is weak, China will likely interpret it as a favorable sign, and it should not be surprising if they then set their sights on Taiwan."

Louder please, time to wake up the neighbors.

1 ( +7 / -6 )

Mr Gaff, meet Mr Outrage. You are surely made for each other.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Gag him and drag him out to pasture to retire.

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

Aso, currently vice president of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said in a speech at an event hosted by the Australian Institute of International Affairs that China could seize the remote Taiwanese islands of Kinmen and Matsu, which are close to the mainland.

He famously said many seniors in Japan should hurry up and pass away but if there is anyone who is a net drag on Japanese society it is Taro Aso and anything associated with him.

1 ( +7 / -6 )

Sounds like Ash was right on the mark.

3 ( +8 / -5 )

*Aso

2 ( +7 / -5 )

Gag him and drag him out to pasture to retire.

On this matter he speaks the truth.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

Taro Kun, Get involved in the affairs of your own country.

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

For once Aso says something smart and correct.

The proof is China getting their panties in a knot over it.

7 ( +11 / -4 )

What is that bleating in the distance?

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Is Aso volunteering to be on the frontlines in the event of conflict with China?

I don’t think he is

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

He is entertaining, though!

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

deanzaZZRToday  08:50 am JST

What is that bleating in the distance?

Chinese drunk on nationalism holding their cherished copies of "The thoughts of Xi Jingping".

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Kinmen Island is already fully integrated into the greater Xiamen economy engaging in commerce and getting water, electricity and internet service from the Mainland. Some Kinmen residents are lobbying for a bridge to be built for easy access to and from bustling Xiamen.

Matsu Islands are next. It shows how out of touch these Nippon Kaigi oyajis are.

-8 ( +3 / -11 )

Taro Kun, Get involved in the affairs of your own country.

Japan's fate is tied to that of Taiwan. Very much so.

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The proof is China getting their panties in a knot over it.

Along with the 2nd Directorate spokesflunkies who post here. Look at how agitated they are, lol !

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This is the article about Kinmen Island from the NY Times, Once a Cold War Flashpoint, a Part of Taiwan Embraces China’s Pull https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/02/world/asia/taiwan-kinmen-island-china.html

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Why is this buffoon ever allowed out in public?

He was a humiliation to Japan in his failed 2008 stint as PM, and has done nothing to reprieve his reputation since.

Stupid comment after stupid comment, sneered out of the corner of his mouth with the confidence that only immense inherited Wealth can bring.

This geriatric buffoon is a blot on the face of Japanese society.

Retire, you daft s0d.

-5 ( +5 / -10 )

Aso is right. We may not like the messenger but the message is spot on.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

Aso, it's time to stay home and do some gardening.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Stupid comment after stupid comment, sneered out of the corner of his mouth with the confidence that only immense inherited Wealth can bring.

This geriatric buffoon is a blot on the face of Japanese society.

Exactly and well put; and let us not forget, off the backs of SLAVES.

Should be the poster boy for LDP crony capitalism, he typifies it.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2006/04/25/issues/aso-familys-slave-link-under-scrutiny/

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

AUKUS becoming JAUKUS is a logical and sensible military alliance of four democracies in the region. It is not an outrageous thing to say that they should have free Taiwan's back in the event of an invasion from the Communists.

Keep Taiwan free and democratic.

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The Chinese Embassy in Tokyo said Aso's remarks in Canberra on Monday were meant to "once again wantonly provoke and interfere in China's internal affairs on the Taiwan issue." Beijing regards the self-ruled democratic island as its territory.

Umm NO. China knows well that the world does not see Taiwan as Chinese territory, but as an independent Island nation that can decide for itself its own future without interference from the CCP. How many times do governments need to tell China that Taiwan determines Taiwan's future, not China? They tell them over and over but China refuses to listen.

Taiwan is an "external" issue to China, and is an international issue thanks to the important trade links many nations maintain with Taiwan.

China can rant all it likes, it can point to decades old signatures on papers and even governments warbling on about one China. One China and one Taiwan. That is the reality that has been in effect for over seven decades and continuing. Any attempt to invade Taiwan militarily by the CCP will begin a deadly war that will see many hundreds of thousands die, if not millions.

China needs to shut up and move on. Taiwan's people want nothing to do with China except to be tourists from time to time.

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Aso also called for expanding AUKUS, a trilateral security partnership involving Australia, Britain and the United States, to include Japan, making it JAUKUS.

It is an alliance, and a security partnership. Japan could not be included until it alters article 9, so it can defend Australia and UK if they are attacked, as Australia and UK would defend Japan as an ally in any JAUKUS or AUKUSJ or AJUKUS or AUKJUS agreement. Alliances are for mutual defense not just in one direction only.

Japan would be welcomed with open arms if it was an open and full ally to all members.

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Beijing regards the island as a renegade province to be brought under its control, by force if necessary.

It is the CCP that are the real renegades, breaking away from the legitimate government in a revolution, not the other way around.

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Um, Peter14, actually the world does recognize Taiwan as part of China. The United States' One-China policy which was first stated in the Shanghai Communiqué of 1972 states that: "the United States acknowledges that Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain there is but one China and that Taiwan is a part of China."

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Hello Kitty 321Nov. 16 10:39 pm JST

Um, Peter14, actually the world does recognize Taiwan as part of China. The United States' One-China policy which was first stated in the Shanghai Communiqué of 1972 states that: "the United States acknowledges that Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain there is but one China and that Taiwan is a part of China."

And how much of that is due to mainland coercion? Also the US statement is an acknowledgement of a position, not adopting it for the US.

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Not only that, the US State Department regularly declares that the US does not support Taiwan independence.

Um, Peter14, actually the world does recognize Taiwan as part of China. The United States' One-China policy

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Not only that, the US State Department regularly declares that the US does not support Taiwan independence.

Duh. They don't want to start a war over Taiwan. The best outcome is to maintain the status quo and wait for the CCP to implode. It is not impossible that the ROC may outlast the PRC.

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The dream of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek lives on. Cute. 德

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deanzaZZRToday 01:44 pm JST

The dream of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek lives on. Cute. 德

That's the thing, though: it doesn't. The majority of Taiwanese don't even want to be called Chinese.

https://esc.nccu.edu.tw/upload/44/doc/6961/People202306.jpg

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Hello Kitty 321Nov. 16 10:39 pm JST

Um, Peter14, actually the world does recognize Taiwan as part of China.

I have never in my life met anyone who believes that. Lip service does not count as real recognition. They all recognize Taiwan's right to self determination without coercion or involvement of the CCP. Thats is the real way they say Taiwan is not part of China without having to say it. It keeps China quiet.

Not only that, the US State Department regularly declares that the US does not support Taiwan independence.

It also regularly says it does not support CCP rule of Taiwan without Taiwan peoples permission. So which is really relevant? The fact the US would intervene in any Chinese invasion of Taiwan, or giving lip service that Taiwan is part of China? The same way the UK is part of Europe, yet still sovereign and separate.

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Taiwan was basically taken by fleeing Nationalist Party refugees who lost the war over control of China; it never really was part of China, and certainly doesn't belong to it. Who would want to be governed by the party of Chairman Mao?

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