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With murder Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo AbeTaiwan and the United States have lost the chief protector of Chinese militarization in the Pacific.
Abe, an ardent conservative of Japanese politics and the first nationalist in Japan to oppose Chinese expansionwas a staunch ally of Taiwan when the threat of Chinese “reunification” loomed.
“Taiwan has not had a truer friend. Being outspoken and a firm believer in democracy, Abe has taken Taiwanese-Japanese relations to new heights,” the Taiwanese embassy in the United States tweeted. “With great regret, we share our deepest condolences.”
Abe has championed Taiwan as a key ally in preventing Chinese aggression and expansion, regularly speaking out in support of the contested island nation’s right to self-government.
“It’s no coincidence that under Trump, relations between the two countries have never been stronger,” said Hugh Dugan, former senior director of the National Security Council (NSC) under President Trump. Historians would say Abe’s career reached its peak in the Trump era. Abe’s cooperation and advancement of Taiwan was cleverly tied to growing concerns about China’s views on its capabilities with Taiwan.”
Dugan, who also served as the president’s special envoy for hostage affairs, told Fox News Digital that Abe’s support for a heightened US presence in the region “gave Trump the opportunity to make successful proposals to Kim and North Korea.”
The People’s Republic of China has long claimed sovereignty over Taiwan and the Taiwan Strait, the relatively narrow strip of ocean between the island of Taiwan and the Chinese mainland. Chinese military often sent planes to the area to inspect Taiwan’s air defense zone.
Japan sees China’s increasingly assertive military activity in the East and South China Seas as a threat to regional stability. Tokyo is particularly sensitive to Chinese actions near the disputed islands.
The day before Abe’s assassination, the official representative of the People’s Republic of China responsible for relations with Taiwan said that “reunification” of the two countries was approaching.
The puzzling comments were published on Thursday in the Chinese government newspaper People’s Daily.
Liu Jieyi, head of the Chinese Taiwan Affairs Office, expressed the hope that China will retake Taiwan in the near future.
“Our growing all-round strength and significant institutional strengths continue to translate into efficiency in dealing with Taiwan issues and push forward the national reunification process,” Liu said, according to the South China Morning Post translation.
Liu continued to threaten a violent crackdown on the “Taiwan independence forces” and stronger resistance to foreign intervention in the conflict.