Japan Warns China: An Invasion Of Taiwan Would Be Suicidal
JAPAN - Former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe has warned China that any invasion on the island of Taiwan would be suicidal and result in incalculable costs. He cited China's aggression towards Taiwan as the motivation for the military upgrades Japan underwent during the time that he was Prime Minister.
Abe stated, "When there is a threat over Taiwan and its democracy, it is a dire challenge to all of us, especially to Japan. An adventure in military affairs, if pursued by such a huge economy like China’s, could be suicidal, to say the least".
'weakness invites provocations' Abe told the trilateral security forum. "The three of us must stop no effort in building our capabilities in all domains, from the undersea, sea surface, air space, to the cyber and outer space. To that end, let us consider new ways of sharing our knowledge and technologies even more effectively".
United States Republican Senator Bill Hagerty emphasized the need for the United States, Japan and Taiwan to stand together saying "It’s critical for the United States, Japan, and Taiwan, as three indispensable cornerstones, to continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in order to address common challenges in the Indo-Pacific".
"It’s plain to see that the Chinese Communist Party aims not only to achieve dominance in the world’s most vibrant and rapidly growing region, but also to fundamentally revise the environment here, placing the People’s Republic of China at the center and serving Beijing’s authoritarian and hegemonic ambitions. The defense of Taiwan and Japan lies at the center of pushing back against the Chinese Communist Party’s revisionist ambitions" Hagerty stated.
Deputy assistant secretary Scott Busby had similar sentiments, telling the trilateral forum, "these values are a critical source of our strength, and a key advantage of the United States and our closest partners on the global stage — including Taiwan".