Related: Japan's FM again calls Taiwan "a
nation" in violation of treaty
BEIJING, March 9 (Xinhuanet) --
China was "shocked" by the Japanese Foreign Minister's recent remarks which
contradict the China-Japan Joint Statement, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin
Gang on Thursday.
Qin said at a regular press briefing that China
strongly protested against the remarks that grossly interfere in China's
When speaking with a parliamentary committee,
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso called Taiwan "a country".
Qin said the Taiwan and historical issues between
China and Japan form the important basis of ties between the two countries.
Japan has "made the commitment" in the three political documents governing the
Sino-Japanese ties and China hopes Japan will strictly abide by it, Qin said.
The three documents are the China-Japan Joint
Statement, the Peace and Friendship Treaty and the China-Japan Joint
In the China-Japan Joint Statement, Qin said, the
Japanese government vowed to fully understand and respect the stance adopted by
the Chinese government that Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese
territory and to recognize the government of the People's Republic of China as
the sole legitimate government of the whole of China.
"This is the solemn commitment made by the Japanese
government on the Taiwan issue," he said.
A few months ago, Taro Aso was strongly criticized
for commenting that Taiwan is "a country with a very high education level". An
editorial carried by the New York Times said that his "sense of diplomacy is as
odd as his sense of history."
China urges int'l community
to keep alert about more motion toward Taiwan independence
Qin called on the international community to be
highly alert about the Taiwan independence secessionist activities at the press
Taiwan leader Chen Shui-bian declared last Monday the
cessation of function of the National Unification Council and National
In response to a question concerning many countries'
recent reiteration of their adherence to the One-China policy, which recognizes
China and the island of Taiwan as an indivisible political entity, and
condemnation of Chen's decision, Qin said that Chen's move is a grave
provocation against the one-China principle widely observed by the international
community and will undermine the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.
Chen's recent decision is a dangerous step toward
formal Taiwanese independence that has met strong opposition from the people on
both sides of the strait, Qin said.
"We always and firmly oppose 'Taiwan independence' secessionist forces and activities to stir up 'two Chinas' or 'one China, one Taiwan'," the spokesman said.