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Japan complains about Chinese ambassador's comment relating to Taiwan

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Japan has lodged a protest against the Chinese ambassador's "extremely inappropriate" comments relating to Taiwan, chief cabinet secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi said on Wednesday.

Wu Jianghao, the Chinese ambassador in Tokyo, said on Monday Japanese people would be dragged into the fire if they took part in forces plotting to support Taiwan's independence and "split China", according to Japanese media reports.

"We consider it to be extremely inappropriate for an ambassador stationed in Tokyo to make such a comment, and we have immediately lodged a severe protest against it," Hayashi, the top government spokesperson, told reporters at a regular news conference.

Hayashi also reiterated Japan's position that Tokyo expects issues surrounding Taiwan to be resolved peacefully through dialogue.

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Rahm Emanuel says 'hi'. Given Japan's imperialist past it simply is best to stay out of the PRC/ROC dynamic and remain silent.

We consider it to be extremely inappropriate for an ambassador stationed in Tokyo to make such a comment

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China continues to remain out of touch with reality. Since Chinese communist forces began a revolution against the government of the Republic of China, from which it wrested control of the mainland, but not of all ROC held territory. The Communist forces split China in two and it has remain that way ever since.

For over 7 decades, or stated another way, for 3 to 4 generations the territories of the Republic of China have been a separate entity to the CCP ruled territories. The fact is there are two China's, the larger being the Peoples Republic of China and the smaller Republic of China.

The PRC can hardly blame anyone else for not obtaining the complete surrender of the ROC when the civil war happened. Now that it has been over for so long, it must realise that the worlds people recognise Taiwan as a separate country even if their governments refuse to do so in order to continue to trade with the worlds second most populus nation.

Should China ever attempt to use force against, or invade ROC territory, it will forever alienate litterally billions of people around the world and show its true nature to all. For a nation that survives and prospers from international trade, it cant afford to lose the ability to sell to people around the world excepting a few allied nations whose population is insufficient to support Chinese manufacturing and industries.

China must simply accept the world as it is with the continued existance of the ROC.

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China is indeed out of touch with reality, but then again, Japan is pretty much irrelevant on the international stage, so just shake it off.

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The problem with a lot of diplomats is that they can be very undiplomatic, especially so with the Chinese ones.

Wu Jianghao's comments are borderline threatening, which is very disturbing from a neighbourly point of view - he should go back for re-training in the art of subtle diplomacy, and if he fails again, he needs to be fired. Yoshimasa Hayashi is absolutely right to call him out on this.

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The government and people of Japan must link arms in solidarity with neighbours, its trusted allies, and stand with Taiwan against a hostile force the Government dictatorship of China.

If Taiwan, the strait, vital shipping shipping lane was to come under Xi Jinping toxic government control, world war three could follow, become inevitable.

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deanzaZZRToday  04:53 pm JST

Given Japan's imperialist past it simply is best to stay out of the PRC/ROC dynamic and remain silent.

Imperial Japan waged war against the ROC. But today the ROC and Japan are close, and both are democracies with little desire to let the ugly Chinese dictatorship take control of the region.

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Hayashi is Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan, no longer Foreign Minister.

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Hayashi is Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan, no longer Foreign Minister.

That's what the article says.

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on the other hand, Japan's spokes person who repeat "I refrain from answer" to tough questions about scandals of government and ruling party.

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Japanese people would be dragged into the fire

A cheap, yakuza-type of threat. Just deport him :)

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Japanese live in a psuedo democracy,their leader are not directly elected by the people

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Japanese live in a psuedo democracy,their leader are not directly elected by the people

Pray tell, how is your leader elected?

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That was Chinese domestic policies, nothing business means to Japan !

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Send him a public message “hey bro, where are you stationed again? Oh right…”

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I don't think anyone can deny what the aim of the Chinese government is anymore. Behind the Chinese thin rhetorics about everyone else being and doing wrong it is clear as day that it is imperialism that drives the machine. Like Russia it is all about trying to become a world dominator. What other nations think is not a concern of China because they are big and strong as they stated the other week.

The concern for tomorrow is not what Japan did 80 years ago. It is what today's imperialists are doing against freedom and democracy and the inevitable war that follows.

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