FILE PHOTO: Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan August 15, 2021. REUTERS / Issei Kato
December 1, 2021
TAIPEI (Reuters) – Japan and the United States cannot stand by if China attacks Taiwan, and Beijing needs to understand this, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday.
Tensions over China-claimed Taiwan have grown as President Xi Jinping seeks to assert the country’s claims to the democratically-ruled island. Taiwan’s government has said it wants peace, but will defend itself if needed.
Addressing a forum hosted by the National Taiwan Institute for Policy Studies, Abe noted that the Senkaku islands – which China calls the Diaoyu Islands – the Sakishima islands and Yonaguni islands are only 100 kilometers from Taiwan. 62 miles).
An armed invasion of Taiwan would be a serious danger to Japan, he added.
“The Taiwan emergency is an emergency for Japan, and therefore an emergency for the Japan-US alliance. People in Beijing, especially President Xi, should never be misunderstood in realizing this,” said Abe.
Japan is home to major U.S. military bases, including the southern island of Okinawa, a short flight from Taiwan, which would be crucial to any U.S. support in the conflict. Chinese attack.
By law, the United States must provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself, although it remains unclear whether it will send forces to aid Taiwan in its war with China.
The United States and its allies will take unspecified “action” if China uses force to change the status quo over Taiwan, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said last month.
Abe, who resigned as prime minister last year, is the head of the largest faction of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and remains influential within the party.
Abe added that Japan and Taiwan must work together to defend freedom and democracy, addressing an audience that included Cheng Wen-tsan, the mayor of the northern Taiwan city of Taoyuan, believed to be the candidate. possible presidential candidates in the future.
“A stronger Taiwan, a prosperous Taiwan, and a Taiwan that guarantees freedom and human rights are also in Japan’s interests. Of course, this is also for the benefit of the whole world,” Prime Minister Abe said.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Additional reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka in Tokyo; Editing by Tom Hogue and Gerry Doyle)
https://www.oann.com/former-pm-abe-says-japan-u-s-could-not-stand-by-if-china-attacked-taiwan/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=former-pm-abe-says-japan-u-s-could-not-stand-by-if-china-attacked-taiwan Former Prime Minister Abe said Japan, the US cannot stand by if China attacks Taiwan