China says Vice President Wang, Japan’s PM Abe discussed Taiwan

The Mainichi
Date: October 25, 2019

BEIJING (Kyodo) — China said Thursday that Vice President Wang Qishan raised the politically

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan hold talks in Tokyo on Oct. 23, 2019 to set the stage for a state visit to Japan by President Xi Jinping next spring amid a recent thaw in bilateral relations. (Pool photo) (Kyodo)

sensitive Taiwan issue with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the previous day, a detail missing from an earlier Japanese account of their discussion.

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Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, speaking at a regular press briefing, also revealed that Abe had assured Wang at the meeting in Tokyo that Japan "is willing to properly handle sensitive issues such as Taiwan."

Hua's remarks came as Abe has been pursuing a friendly approach to self-ruled, democratic Taiwan, which mainland China led by the Communist Party considers a renegade province awaiting reunification.

Beijing likely wants to ensure that Japan avoids rocking the boat — given how sensitive the Taiwan issue is to China — ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's scheduled visit to Japan as a state guest next spring amid a thaw in bilateral relations.    [FULL  STORY]

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