Following official Japanese visit to Taiwan, China protests
China voices concerns after several Japanese lawmakers visited Taiwan in an official capacity.
China conveyed its displeasure on Wednesday with the official visit of Japanese MPs to Taiwan, according to a statement made by Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
In the statement, the spokesperson noted that "driven by their own political ambition, some Japanese politicians have repeatedly made a show of their visits to the Taiwan region of China...China firmly opposes it and has issued a stern warning to Japan."
A delegation from Japan's upper house of parliament, led by Seko Hiroshige of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, met with Taiwan's Tsai Ing-wen and Joseph Wu on Wednesday to discuss Indo-Pacific stability and common regional challenges, according to Taipei.
PLA able to defeat foreign attempts at 'Taiwan independence': MoD
Chinese Defense Ministry Spokesperson Tan Kefei relayed, earlier in December, that China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) not only holds the capability but also the confidence to block and defeat attempts by external actors and forces to devise "Taiwan's independence".
In a briefing, Tan said, "The Chinese army has the confidence and ability to thwart any external interference and separatist conspiracy aimed at Taiwan's independence," after reiterating that even though his country sticks to preserving stability and regional peace in the Taiwan Strait, force may be used if necessary.