China warns Japan that visit to Taiwan will be treated as crossing 'red line'
Chinese Ambassador Wu Jianghao has warned Japanese leaders that their visit to Taiwan will be equated with crossing the 'red line'
This is reported by Bloomberg.
“Foreign forces are colluding with Taiwan independence forces,” and conducting repeated provocations, Wu Jianghao told reporters in Tokyo on Friday, saying their ultimate goal was to split Taiwan from China. Whipping up a division in China would “lead the Japanese people into a fire,” he added.
Japanese officials have stated that any contingency in Taiwan would be tantamount to a contingency in Japan.
When asked about the detention of an Astellas employee in China last month, Wu said that this case was not about taking an innocent person into custody. He said that it was becoming increasingly clear that the case involves China's national security and that the man was forced to engage in espionage activities.
The very next day after Emmanuel Macron's visit, China launched a large-scale military exercise around Taiwan, practicing a missile attack and encirclement of the island. The drills were a response to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's 10-day diplomatic tour of Central America and meetings with US officials in California. In particular, she met with Kevin McCarthy, the Republican speaker of the US House of Representatives.
The day after China simulated 'precision strikes' on Taiwan, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said that Beijing could be preparing to invade the island.
Later it was reported that Taiwan's annual Han Kuang military exercise this year will focus on combating the blockade of the island amid China's statements.