Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday, Nov. 29, that the U.S. and Japan will not stand by and watch the Chinese Communist Party destroy Taiwan.

On Dec. 1, Abe added that “a military adventure would be the path to economic suicide.”

“We must keep reiterating that peaceful ties between China and Taiwan are the only option,” Abe said.

Beijing was upset by the former Japanese leader’s remarks.

Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Hua Chunying hurriedly summoned the Japanese ambassador to China on Wednesday evening, Dec. 3, to voice his dissatisfaction.

“China is resolutely opposed to this,” Hua said.

Hideo Tarumi, the Japanese ambassador in China, responded to Hua’s statement on Wednesday night.

“It is necessary for China to understand there are people in Japan who have such opinions and Japan cannot accept China’s one-sided views on such matters,” the ambassador said.

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