TOKYO, Japan: A Japanese official has warned that if China invades Taiwan, the Japanese would come to the island nation’s defense.
Japan’s deputy prime minister Taro Aso said Japan would need to join with the United States to defend Taiwan if the island was invaded, according to the Kyodo news agency, as reported late on Monday.
The comments drew an angry response from China, which regards Taiwan as its own territory.
Observers note that China has never ruled out using force to reunite Taiwan with the mainland.
Additionally, recent military incursions and exercises by China have raised tensions with Taiwan.
“If a major problem took place in Taiwan, it would not be too much to say that it could relate to a survival-threatening situation (for Japan),” Aso said, while meeting with a fellow Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker, according to Kyodo.
A “survival-threatening situation” refers to an armed…
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