News ID: 302229
Published: 0106 GMT April 17, 2021

China says US-Japan actions are stoking division

China says US-Japan actions are stoking division
ANDREW HARNIK/AP

US President Joe Biden (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga walk to the White House Rose Garden for a news conference after a meeting on April 16, 2021.

China hit back at the US-Japan show of alliance during talks between President Joe Biden and Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, calling it an “ironic attempt of stoking division.”

China said Suga and Bidens news conference on Friday, in which they issued a joint statement on shared values in democracy and human rights and aired concerns about Chinas activities in the Indo-Pacific region, had gone far beyond the scope of normal development of bilateral relations,” according to AP.

It cannot be more ironic that such attempt of stoking division and building blocs against other countries is put under the banner of free and open,’” the spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Washington said in a statement Saturday.

The statement by the Japanese and US leaders also mentioned the importance of peace and stability” in the Taiwan Strait, marking the first time a Japanese prime minister had spoken out in a communiqué with the United States on Taiwan since 1969 talks between Richard Nixon and Eisaku Sato.

The US and China have clashed over a wide range of issues in the last few years, including the situation of Hong Kong and the US interference in Taiwan issue.

China claims self-governing Taiwan as its territory and says, like Hong Kong, it should be under Beijings control.

The US should never try to play the Taiwan card,” Le Yucheng, Chinas vice foreign minister, said in an interview with The Associated Press in Beijing on Friday. It is very dangerous. This is our red line. The US should never try to cross it.”

 

 

 

   
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