Tokyo / Taipei / Beijing – Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has issued a stern warning to China, ‘A Taiwan emergency is a Japanese emergency. Therefore, an emergency for the Japan-US alliance. A military adventure would be the path to economic suicide.’ He further added, ‘People in Beijing, President Xi Jinping in particular, should never have a misunderstanding in recognizing this.’
This warning of former Japanese PM drew a strong reaction from China. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman lashed out at Abe that he talked nonsense, pointed fingers at Taiwan issues, made irresponsible remarks on China’s internal affairs and disregarded the One China principle.
Moreover, a military adventure would be the path to economic suicide. We must keep reiterating that peaceful ties between China and Taiwan are the only option,’ said Abe, a former Japanese PM and further appealed that all must stand firm on this point. ‘Any armed invasion of Taiwan would present a serious threat to Japan,’ he said. Abe also drew attention towards, ‘A Taiwan emergency is a Japanese emergency, and therefore an emergency for the Japan-U.S. alliance.’
‘Japan, Taiwan and all the people who believe in a democracy need to keep urging President Xi Jinping and other Chinese Communist Party leaders repeatedly not to step onto a wrong path’, appealed Shinzo Abe. ‘While China is large, it has links with the rest of the world. If such an adventure is committed against Taiwan, it will have a tremendous impact on the global economy and deeply hurt China,’ he further said.
China’s ongoing actions against Taiwan and Japan have been increasing in its complexity. Abe pointed out that this has blurred the line between peace and war. He also urged that Japan and Taiwan need to come together for the protection of democracy as well as freedom in such times. ‘A stronger Taiwan, a thriving Taiwan, and a Taiwan that guarantees freedom and human rights are also in Japan’s interests. Of course, this is also in the interests of the whole world,’ Abe clarified at this time. He also claimed that Japan would fully support Taiwan for progressively increasing its participation at the international level.
Japan has begun to take sides with Taiwan openly, against the background of China’s increasing aggression and hegemonic actions. Over the past year, several senior leaders, including the Prime Minister of Japan, have signalled that they stand behind Taiwan. It has also been warned that if China gains control of Taiwan, its next target could be Japan. With this backdrop, the warning issued by the former PM of Japan linking the Taiwan issue to the Chinese economy becomes noteworthy.