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China condemns negative statement by Japan, U.S.

“The Taiwan question was purely China’s internal affair that brooks no external interference,” said China.

• April 12, 2024
U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping
U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping

China has lodged representations with Japan over a negative China-related statement.

The statement, issued after the Japan-U.S. summit, urged Japan to stop interfering in China’s internal affairs to avoid greater damage to the China-Japan relationship, a Chinese embassy spokesperson said on Friday.

China urged Japan to respect its core interests and major concerns, implement mutually beneficial agreements between the two countries, drop its beggar-thy-neighbour practices and stop interfering in China’s internal affairs.

The spokesperson said this would help to avoid further damage to China-Japan relations.

The spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in Japan made the remarks when asked to comment on the negative content concerning China in the latest U.S.-Japan joint leaders’ statement.

The spokesperson said Japan ignored China’s repeated dissuasion and insisted on manipulating China-related issues in the Japan-U.S. leaders’ meeting and joint statement, seriously interfering in China’s internal affairs and harming China’s interests.

The spokesperson said China was dissatisfied and had lodged representations with the Japanese side.

The spokesperson pointed out that the Diaoyu Islands were China’s territory, and that whatever Japan and the U.S. said and whatever they did could not alter these facts.

“The Taiwan question was purely China’s internal affair that brooks no external interference. Japan should abide by its commitments and be prudent in its words and deeds.

“China’s positions and propositions on the East China Sea and South China Sea issues have a full historical and legal basis. Japan is not a party concerned in the South China Sea issue and should stop its disruptive actions to provoke confrontation,” said the spokesperson.

The spokesperson added, “It must be stressed that the Japan-U.S. alliance, as a product of the Cold War, should not target a third party, let alone harm the interests of a third party.

“The practice of forming a ‘small circle’ in the field of military security is completely against the trend of the times and will backfire.” 

(xinhua/NAN)

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