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Japan's Defense Minister Tells Biden To Be Strong on Taiwan


Japan's State Minister of Defense Mr. Yasuhide Nakayama. (AFP)

A top Japanese defense official urged Joe Biden to take a similar line on Taiwan as US President Donald Trump.

Minister of Defense Yasuhide Nakayama US president-elect Joe Biden to show strong support for Taiwan in the face of an aggressive Communist China.

We are concerned China will expand its aggressive stance into areas other than Hong Kong. I think one of the next targets, or what everyone is worried about, is Taiwan, Japanese State Minister of Defense Yasuhide Nakayama said in an interview.

Tokyo has respected a "one China", but recently the doubts are raised whether it is an appropriate approach when Beijing is openly preparing for war with Taiwan and perhaps bigger military operation in the region.

Japan's strategic interest is prosperous and peaceful Taiwan with sea lanes open for free navigation for Japan's trade.

I have not yet seen a clear policy or an announcement on Taiwan from Joe Biden. I would like to hear it quickly, then we can also prepare our response on Taiwan in accordance, Mr. Nakayama said.

Senator Biden a pro-China politician

In November, Mr. Biden called for strengthening ties with Taiwan.

This claim was a sharp contrast from traditional Biden's stance who, as US Senator often questioned America's obligation to defend Taiwan while openly reaching out to Communist China.

An official in Biden’s transition team said that the president-elect believes US support for Taiwan must remain strong, principled and bipartisan.

Once in office, he will continue to support a peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues consistent with the wishes and best interests of the people of Taiwan, the official said.


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