18 May 2017

News Story: China denounces name change of Taiwan body in Japan

BEIJING, May 17 (Xinhua) -- China on Wednesday denounced the name change of a Taiwan organization responsible for handling ties with Japan, urging Japan to abide by the one-China policy and not disturb China-Japan ties.

A ceremony was held in Taiwan Wednesday announcing the change of name from the Association of East Asian Relations to Taiwan-Japan Relations Association. Head of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association Mikio Numata, who is also Japan's chief representative to the island, attended the ceremony.

"There is only one China and Taiwan is a part of China," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a daily press briefing.

"We firmly oppose any countries that have forged diplomatic ties with China maintaining official relations with Taiwan in any form," Hua said.

She said the move attempts to raise the level of relations between Taiwan and Japan, with which China voices strong dissatisfaction.

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