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‘The US-Japan Joint Statement grossly interferes in China's domestic affairs'

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, PRC

Wang Wenbin | Ministry of Foreign Affairs
‘The US-Japan Joint Statement grossly interferes in China's domestic affairs'
‘The US-Japan Joint Statement grossly interferes in China's domestic affairs'
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US-Japan Joint Statement

April 19, 2021
BIG IDEA | ‘The US-Japan Joint Leaders' Statement grossly interferes in China's domestic affairs and severely violates basic norms governing international relations. China deplores and rejects it.’

Nippon TV: ‘Also on the joint statement of Japan and the US. It refers to the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. Do you have any comment on this?’

Wang Wenbin: ‘Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory.’

  • ‘We ask the US and Japan to take seriously China's concerns, abide by the one-China principle, immediately stop interfering in China's internal affairs and harming China's interests.'
  • 'China will take all necessary measures to firmly defend national sovereignty, security and development interests.’

‘Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on Negative Content Concerning China in US-Japan Joint Leaders' Statement’

Q: ‘On April 16, US and Japanese leaders released a joint statement after their meeting, expressing concern over issues relating to Taiwan, Diaoyu Dao, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and the South China Sea. Does China have any comment?’

A:Taiwan and the Diaoyu Dao [Senkaku in Japanese] are both Chinese territory.’

  • ‘Issues relating to Hong Kong and Xinjiang are purely China's internal affairs.’
  • ‘China has indisputable sovereignty over islands in the South China Sea and waters around them.’

‘The US-Japan Joint Leaders' Statement grossly interferes in China's domestic affairs and severely violates basic norms governing international relations.’

  • ‘China deplores and rejects it. We have stated our solemn position to the US and Japan through the diplomatic channel.’