Japan Raise Concerns About Possible China Attack on Taiwan

Japan raised concerns on Wednesday about the potential China attack on Taiwan and claimed a mutual threat to Tokyo and Taipei.

Japanese Deputy Defense Minister Yasuhide Nakayama, who spoke on the mutual threat face by Tokyo and Taipei, explained the geographic and cultural proximity between Taiwan and Japan as his nose and mouth.

“People say we are like friends, but we are not, we are family,” Nakayama said.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian expressed dissatisfaction and firm opposition to his Japanese counterparts, adding that Nakayama’s remark on mutual threat – linking an attack on Taiwan to Japan’s national security, was “extremely ridiculous.”

Earlier, Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said Japan would defend Taiwan with the United States if the island was invaded. 

“We need to think hard that Okinawa could be the next,” Aso added.

Last month, China’s Defense Ministry spokesperson Tan Kefei accused Japan of exaggerating Beijing’s military threat. 

“To use this as an excuse for its own military expansion is very wrong and irresponsible,” Kefei said in a press conference.

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