China has reacted sharply to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's declaration of Taiwan as a country. Let us tell you that the dragon considers this self-governing island as its 'part', while Taiwan considers itself to be an independent country. In his first one-on-one parliamentary debate with opposition leaders on Wednesday, Suga named Australia, New Zealand, and Taiwan, saying the three countries were imposing strict restrictions on private rights to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Kyodo News gave this information. Taiwan is commonly referred to as the 'region' in Japan.
The two countries have been governed separately for more than seven decades. Even after this, China claims full sovereignty over Taiwan. Taipei, on the other hand, has countered Chinese aggression by enhancing strategic ties with other countries, including the US, which is repeatedly opposed by Beijing. China has threatened that 'Taiwan's independence' means war.
Suga described Taiwan as a country at a time when Tokyo and Beijing are already facing many issues. This includes the territorial dispute over the East China Sea and the crackdown on Hong Kong. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Thursday that China has expressed deep dissatisfaction with Japan's remarks and lodged a serious protest against it.
Suga's government is strengthening its commitment to democratic Taiwan. Recently, Japan donated more than 1.2 million corona vaccine doses to Taiwan. China lambasted Japan for donating the vaccines and called it a political move. At their summit in Washington in April, Suga along with US President Joe Biden discussed the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. It was the first time in 52 years that Japanese and American leaders mentioned Taiwan in a joint statement.