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Murky things seem to be going on in this cabinet reshuffle.

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When asked about his view on the "one-China" principle, Kihara said, "Japan is consistent in maintaining working relations with Taiwan on a nongovernmental basis, based on a joint communique with China in 1972."

In the joint document, Tokyo acknowledged Beijing as China's sole legitimate government and severed diplomatic ties with Taipei.

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LegrandeToday  08:46 am JST

In the joint document, Tokyo acknowledged Beijing as China's sole legitimate government and severed diplomatic ties with Taipei.

"In 1972, Tokyo formally recognized the communist government in Beijing “as the sole legal Government of China.” This heralded the end of Japan’s diplomatic relations with the then-Nationalist government in Taipei. Significantly, however, Japan never recognized Beijing's claim of sovereignty over Taiwan"

https://www.brookings.edu/articles/has-japans-policy-toward-the-taiwan-strait-changed/

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Looks like he lacks the balls to stand by anything vaguely approaching principles

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OTSUKARESAMADESUToday 09:33 am JST

"In 1972, Tokyo formally recognized the communist government in Beijing “as the sole legal Government of China.” This heralded the end of Japan’s diplomatic relations with the then-Nationalist government in Taipei. Significantly, however, Japan never recognized Beijing's claim of sovereignty over Taiwan"

https://www.brookings.edu/articles/has-japans-policy-toward-the-taiwan-strait-changed/

Anyone can write an article trying to portray official status

Japan recognized China one China policy - hence the ongoing nongovernmental dealing with Taiwan by Japan

So this silly rhetoric Japan never recognized Beijing's sovereignty over Taiwan is exactly that- silly rhetoric !

Any one claiming a name or even more ridiculously international recognition is all that matters to show independence is doing just that - silly rhetoric!

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In the joint document, Tokyo acknowledged Beijing as China's sole legitimate government and severed diplomatic ties with Taipei.

Hypocrisy! Not only by Japan, but most western countries. If we stand with Taiwan, then we should make that 100% clear. The fact is, we "officially" still define Taiwan as a province of China. And PRC as the ruler of China.

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Trying to play it both ways again, recognizing Taiwan in a non-legitimate way while supporting China's "One China" policy and still officially recognizing Taiwan as part of China. Next they'll try to sell weapons to Taiwan and try to assure China that what they are really doing is selling to them.

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OTSUKARESAMADESUToday  09:33 am JST

"In 1972, Tokyo formally recognized the communist government in Beijing “as the sole legal Government of China.” This heralded the end of Japan’s diplomatic relations with the then-Nationalist government in Taipei. Significantly, however, Japan never recognized Beijing's claim of sovereignty over Taiwan"

https://www.brookings.edu/articles/has-japans-policy-toward-the-taiwan-strait-changed/

Anyone can write an article trying to portray official status

Japan recognized China one China policy - hence the ongoing nongovernmental dealing with Taiwan by Japan

So this silly rhetoric

Not silly at all. Japan's position mirrors that of the United States, which recognizes the One China Policy, but does not recognize Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan.

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FredrikToday  12:28 pm JST

In the joint document, Tokyo acknowledged Beijing as China's sole legitimate government and severed diplomatic ties with Taipei.

Hypocrisy! Not only by Japan, but most western countries. If we stand with Taiwan, then we should make that 100% clear. The fact is, we "officially" still define Taiwan as a province of China. And PRC as the ruler of China.

Totally wrong Kompis. Most of the world recognizes the One China Policy. However they do not recognize Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan. They certainly do not Taiwan to be a Chinese province.

"The EU has a strong stake in peace, security and stability in Asia. The EU supports the status quo and peaceful resolution of differences across the Taiwan Strait, rejecting the use or threat of force. It continues to encourage dialogue and constructive engagement."

https://www.eeas.europa.eu/taiwan/european-union-and-taiwan_en?s=242

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Recently, the only anti-Japan card in China is Fukushima's treated water.

As part of his duties, the Minister of Defense is also responsible for negotiating with the Chinese Communist Party's military, and this appears to be part of his efforts to avoid playing the political card.

Many Japanese people understand that Taiwan is Japan's lifeline and an important neighboring country. A TMSC semiconductor factory is scheduled to be built in Kyushu, and a semiconductor research institute will also be established in Tsukuba.

In response, the Japanese government is providing subsidies, which are expected to not only help produce semiconductors but also create local jobs.

Although it is not possible to have positive discussions with China, a path is already being established to walk toward the future together with Taiwan.

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ONE CHINA is unstoppable...

LOOOOOOL !!!!..

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TokyoLivingToday  02:46 am JST

ONE CHINA is unstoppable...

Nobody is disputing the One China principle.

But no one recognizes China's sovereignty over Taiwan. And in this regard China has been "stopped" for 52 years.

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ONE CHINA is unstoppable...

Definitely, AND without the CCP ruling it.

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Japan's new Defense Minister Minoru Kihara said Friday he has quit as a senior member of a cross-party group of lawmakers dedicated to boosting Japan-Taiwan relations.

This is not news, it's expected. Now his CCP counterpart can't link him to JP/TW working group.

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Crikey!......I could have lasted longer than him. Maybe I should put my name forward, you never know?

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