China responded swiftly and defiantly after the former Japanese Prime Minister urged the U.S. and its allies to defend Taiwan.

Former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday, Dec. 1, stated at a virtual forum that “a Taiwan emergency is a Japanese emergency, and therefore an emergency for the Japan-U.S. alliance.” 

Grilling Abe the following day, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said his remarks were “utter nonsense.”

Citing the days Japan colonized Taiwan, Wenbin downgraded Japan’s stance in speaking up for Taiwan’s defense against Beijing’s territorial grip. 

“During its colonial rule over Taiwan for half a century, Japan committed innumerable crimes, over which it has grave historical responsibilities to the Chinese people,” Wang said, according to Breitbart

Japan colonized Taiwan from imperial China between 1895 and 1945 and gave up the island at the end of World War Two. Although painful events were undeniable, Taiwan acknowledged that Japan brought infrastructure that benefited its farmers. 

But as Wenbin described, Japan was infringing on China’s “national sovereignty and territorial integrity” for backing Taiwan’s independence.

“Those who dare to pursue the old path of militarism and challenge our bottom line will find themselves on a collision course with the Chinese people!” he detonated. 

According to Breitbart, the official transcript of the Chinese Foreign Ministry even conveyed a deleted part where a belligerent Wang said those who cross a “red line” would “have their heads broken and bloodied.”

The phrase was first used by Chinese President Xi Jinping at a speech on the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) this July.

Abe on Wednesday made his remarks about Taiwan as he discussed the East China Sea islands contested by Beijing, Reuters reported.

The CCP has stretched its military presence in the Senkaku, Sakishima, and Yonaguni islands that Japan perceives as its own. The islands are just 62 miles from Taiwan.

Abe holds that Japan would be in danger if Taiwan faced an armed invasion from China. Although he used a soft tone by urging “peaceful ties between China and Taiwan,” Abe warned that it would be “economic suicide” for Beijing to proceed with a military confrontation, according to Bloomberg.

The longtime politician said Taiwan’s issue should be treated globally.

“A stronger Taiwan, a thriving Taiwan, and a Taiwan that guarantees freedom and human rights are also in Japan’s interests. Of course, this is also in the interests of the whole world,” he said.

Stepping down as Japan’s prime minister last year over health problems, Abe remains a key figure with significant influence in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

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