Taiwan Faked Congratulatory Nat'l Day Message from Abe?|安倍國慶賀電風波 蘇揆要求外交部查處
A diplomatic breakthrough has turned into an embarrassing gaffe. The Fukuoka branch of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Osaka claimed to have received a congratulatory message from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the eve of the ROC's National Day, which the Japanese government denied. "Extremely inappropriate" says Premier Su Tseng-chang, asking for a thorough investigation. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs insisted the message was delivered by a "long-term, trusted friend".
During its National Day celebration, the Fukuoka branch of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Osaka released a congratulatory National Day message from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wishing the ROC prosperity and good fortune. While Taiwan celebrated this as a major diplomatic breakthrough, the Japanese government immediately denied Abe ever sent the message.
The so-called congratulatory message issued, based on what you just said, by Prime Minister Abe -- this never happened. The Japanese government's stance on Taiwan remains the same as was stated in the joint agreement signed by Japan and China in 1972.
Japan also reaffirmed its commitment to "one China." In response, ROC Premier Su Tseng-chang said this was very inappropriate and called on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to investigate.
You've received diplomatic training and you go and make this kind of announcement? It's very inappropriate and this should be investigated.
Taipei representative to Japan Frank Hsieh, meanwhile, maintains the message was real. Hsieh says Japan only said Abe never sent the message and never said the message was fake. According to Hsieh, China is sure to protest whenever Taiwan has a diplomatic breakthrough.
They never said the congratulatory message was fake. If it were fake, it would be a criminal act. They never said if it was real or fake. What does their explanation mean? This is diplomacy.
If you look at China's National Day celebrations, the prime minister recorded and sent a congratulatory video to China. Such a video is of course real. As we don't have diplomatic relations with Japan -- it has been over 40 years since (Japan severed ties with us) in 1972 -- there is a specific way of doing things.
One diplomacy expert from the Ma Ying-jeou administration says Japan has no way of using official channels to congratulate the ROC on its National Day due to the absence of formal diplomatic relations and there should be an investigation if this false claim leads to controversy. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the message was delivered to the Fukuoka branch by a "long-term, trusted politician friend" and there is "ample" understanding between the two sides.
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