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China cancels meeting with Japan after G7 statement on Taiwan

Beijing affirmed that Japan and the G7 have no right to make irresponsible comments

The planned meeting between the foreign ministers of China and Japan, Wang Yi and Yoshimasa Hayashi, respectively, were called off due to comments made by the G7 ministers on the situation in Taiwan.

The G7, of which Japan is a member, issued a statement on Wednesday stating that there is no justification for using the visit to Taiwan by the speaker of the House of Representatives of United States, Nancy Pelosi, as a "pretext to carry out aggressive military actions" in the strait that separates China and Taiwan.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying condemned the G7's stance, saying Japan has no right to "make such irresponsible comments" about the tirade with Taiwan.

"China no longer plans to hold a meeting in Phnom Penh between Chinese and Japanese foreign ministers after the Japanese side released a joint statement with its G7 partners and the EU to express baseless criticism," he said, according to the agency. TASS.

He asserted that the facts "are distorted in the statement", in addition to justifying "the movements of the United States in violation of China's sovereignty."

"The town of China He is very upset with this,” he remarked.

The diplomatic chiefs of both countries were scheduled to meet in Cambodia, where the Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is taking place.

The G7 justified Pelosi's visit to Taipei by highlighting in the statement that "it is normal and routine" for legislators from their countries to "travel internationally."

Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday despite warnings from the Chinese government, which had promised not to sit idly by if politics landed on the islet located just 180 kilometers from its territory.

The US politician spent at least 19 hours in Taiwan, during which time she visited the Taiwanese Parliament, met with the island's president, Tsai Ing-wen, and held a meeting with human rights promoters.

China has described this movement as a political provocation and an "appalling" fact, while accusing the US of being the destroyer of peace in the region.

China regards Taiwan as its "rogue province" after breaking off relations in 1949 after the forces of the nationalist Kuomintang party, led by Chiang Kai-shek, suffered a defeat in the civil war against the Communist Party and moved to that archipelago.

After years of estrangement and controversies, relations between Taiwan and mainland China were restored only on a business and informal level in the late 1980s.


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