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Taiwan thanks Japan for support after Chinese jet incursion

2019/04/01 22:48:06

Andrew Lee (李憲章)/CNA file photo

Taipei, April 1 (CNA) Taiwan on Monday extended its appreciation to Japan for its concern over the situation in the Taiwan Strait, after two Chinese Air Force planes crossed the median line of the waterway separating Taiwan and China over the weekend.

In a statement, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said the government will always be committed to maintaining the cross-strait status quo as well as peace and stability across the region.

The ministry's response came after Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga expressed hope that cross-strait issues can be resolved peacefully through direct dialogue between Taiwan and China.

"The government of Japan believes that peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait is extremely important to the region and the world," Suga said.

Taiwan's Foreign Ministry on Monday condemned China's "intentional, reckless and provocative action" and said it has called on Taiwan's regional partners to be aware of China's behavior and its efforts to destabilize peace and stability in the region.

The government will continue to strengthen its self-defense capabilities and work with like-minded partners such as the United States and Japan to jointly defend democracy and freedom and maintain peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region, the ministry said.

(By Ku Chuan and Ko Lin)
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