Japanese Leader Rises Up Against Communist China, Declares Taiwan a 'Country'
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga triggers CCP outrage over disputed territory
Japan's leader, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, has risen up against the brutal Chinese Communist Party (CCP) by declaring Taiwan a "country."
The move has triggered outrage from China's ruling dictatorship by apparently siding with the Taiwanese people over the disputed territory.
To avoid upsetting the CCP, other weaker world leaders often refer to Taiwan as a "region" rather than acknowledging its independence from China by calling it a "country."
During face-to-face meetings with opposition leaders in his country, Suga listed Taiwan alongside New Zealand and Australia as countries that took strict measures to protect against COVID-19, according to Newsweek.
“The prime minister’s comments in the National Diet were broadcast on national television, with China’s increasingly nationalistic social media demographic soon demanding a firm response from the government for Suga’s apparently inappropriate word choice,” Newsweek reported.
“Suga ‘broke Japan’s long-standing promise not to regard Taiwan as a country,’ China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a daily press briefing on Thursday."
China expresses its "strong dissatisfaction with the erroneous remarks" and has "lodged solemn representations" with Tokyo, Wang said.
"China demands that Japan make an immediate clarification to undo the harm already caused, and guarantee a similar incident will never happen again," he added.
Wang stressed that Taiwan “concerns the political foundation of China-Japan relations” while calling on Tokyo to “earnestly keep its promise, be cautious with its words and actions, and not to damage China’s sovereignty in any way.”
After resuming diplomatic ties with China in 1972, Japan has said it would regard the country’s position on Taiwan with “understanding” and “respect.”
Tokyo officials often refer to Taiwan as a “region” instead of a country.
As Newsweek noted, however, Japanese officials have recently started referring to Taiwan as a country, perhaps as a sign of dwindling relations.
“Wednesday’s Diet session, however, also saw opposition leader Yukio Edano, of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, use the word ‘country’ when mentioning Taiwan,” added Newsweek.
"On June 3, Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi did the same while discussing Tokyo’s donation of 1.24 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses to help the island curb its current COVID-19 outbreak.
"Given the typically cautious manner in which Japanese officials conduct diplomacy, foreign policy analysts in Taiwan have said this signals a clear shift in the way Tokyo views its relationship with China, which regularly demands that governments, businesses and even celebrities refrain from associating Taiwan with statehood.”
According to The Daily Wire, the Chinese-Taiwan controversy reached the United States last month when wrestler-turned-actor John Cena apologized to the Chinese government for referring to Taiwan as a country prior to the release of “F9.”
"Hi China, I’m John Cena,” he said in a cowardly and un-American video posted to the CCP-controlled Chinese social network Weibo.
"I’m in the middle of Fast and Furious 9 promotions.
"I’m doing a lot of interviews.
"I made a mistake in one of my interviews.
"Everyone was asking me if I could use Chinese – [movie] staff gave me a lot of information, so there was a lot of interviews and information.
"I made one mistake," he gushed.
"I have to say something very, very, very important now.
"I love and respect China and Chinese people.
"I’m very, very sorry about my mistake.
"I apologize, I apologize, I’m very sorry.
"You must understand that I really love, really respect China and the Chinese people.
"My apologies. See you.”