As reported by VOA and Radio Free Asia, on Dec. 14, Shinzō Abe, former Japanese Prime Minister gave a video speech in English at the Taiwan-US-JapanTrilateral Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue – Mapping the Democratic Agenda for the Next Generation.
Abe began by praising Taiwan for its stance on democracy and highlighting the mutual agenda between Japan-America and Taiwan.
The former prime minister also reiterated his support for Taiwan’s participation in international affairs and affirmed Taiwan’s eligibility to join the “Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership” (CPTPP).
Abe delivered a strategy to first reinvest into the alliance with the U.S., second to widen our boundary from the Asia Pacific to Indo-Pacific, and third to launch the QUAD process.
The CCP must not seek to expand its territory and provoke and bully neighboring countries into harming their interests.
Abe is a strong opponent to the CCP and does not hold back with his words.
Earlier this month, Abe publicly Pointed out that Yonaguni Island, Japan’s westernmost territory is only 110 kilometers away from Taiwan. He said: “If something happens here, it will definitely become a crucial situation”. With such a condition met, Japan’s Self-Defense Forces would be allowed to extend logistical support to the U.S. military.
His earlier remarks on Taiwan drew criticism from China, which regards the self-ruled island as a renegade province to be reunified with the mainland, by force if necessary. The CCP called his remarks an “extreme mistake.”
Abe has repeatedly said that Xi Jinping should never misjudge the situation. “An adventure in military affairs, if pursued by such a huge economy like China’s, could be suicidal, to say the least.”