Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan and the United States could not stand by if Taiwan is attacked by China

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

1st December 2021 – (Tokyo) Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said today during a forum organised by Taiwanese think tank the Institute for National Policy Research that Japan and the United States could not stand by if China attacked Taiwan. Abe said that the Senkaku islands which China calls the Diaoyu Islands – Sakishima islands and Yonaguni island are only around 100km away from Taiwan.

During the virtual meeting with President Biden last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned that encouraging Taiwanese independence would be “playing with fire”. Taiwan’s government insisted that it wants peace and will defend itself if it’s under attack.

According to Reuters, the United States is bound by law to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself, though there is ambiguity about whether it would send forces to help Taiwan in a war with China. However, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said last month that United States and its allies would take unspecified “action” if Taiwan is under attack.

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