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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Remarks on the Taiwan-Related Issue Which Arose at Japan's Memorial Ceremony of the March 11 Earthquake

2013/03/11

Q: On March 11, the Japanese government hosted a memorial ceremony to commemorate the second anniversary of the March 11 Earthquake, to which representatives from foreign countries and regions were invited. The"Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan" was among those who offered flowers. It is learnt that China has expressed dissatisfaction with Japan's relevant arrangement. What is your comment?

A: After the earthquake struck Japan on March 11, 2011, the Chinese government and people expressed condolences and support to the Japanese people, and China's Taiwan region also provided assistance to the Japanese people. Japan arranged for representatives from Taiwan to sit among those from diplomatic missions and international organizations at this year's memorial ceremony. This has violated relevant principles and spirits of China-Japan Joint Declaration as well as Japan's commitments on the Taiwan-related issue. China has made clear its objection to Japan and has lodged solemn representations to express strong dissatisfaction with and protest against what the Japanese side has done.

I would like to reiterate that China firmly opposes any country's attempt to create "Two Chinas" or "One China, One Taiwan" in any form. This kind of attempt is doomed to fail. We urge the Japanese side to correct mistakes and honor its commitments.

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