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China opposes Japan's plans to foster ties with Taiwan

Published on Feb 20, 2014 11:24 AM

BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Beijing has expressed opposition to a Japanese initiative led by the country's ruling party that aims to draw up an act that would "lay the legal basis" to foster ties between Tokyo and Taiwan.

"We firmly oppose the attempt to institute a so-called Japanese version of the Taiwan Relations Act by some Japanese lawmakers to strengthen ties with Taiwan," said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Wednesday.

Analysts said evidence shows that such an act - likely to implicitly outline Taiwan as a "sovereign state" - is not something produced overnight but an agenda resulting from years of deliberation.

They said it would profoundly challenge the relationship between China and Japan and undermine the already-improving cross-strait situation.

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