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2019-10-09 | 公共電視

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.

台灣在日本大阪辦事處的福岡分處國慶酒會上,秀出署名是日本首相安倍晉的日文賀電,寫著由衷祝賀中華民國108年國慶,同時祝國運昌隆。這封賀電被公開後,被視為台日關係的一大突破。引發的爭議也不小,日本政府隨即否認。

日本內閣官房副長官 岡田直樹表示:「所謂由安倍首相給出的,照你剛剛所說的賀電,這件事是並不存在的,然後,日本政府對台灣的立場,就如1972年(簽訂),日中共同聲明一樣。」

日本官方否認安倍發出賀電,也重申一個中國原則,對此,行政院長蘇貞昌強調,這事的確有不當之處,要求外交部查處。

行政院長 蘇貞昌表示:「受過外交訓練,卻這樣就公布,確有不當,那這個應該查處。」

駐日代表謝長廷8日晚間表示,日方僅說沒有發賀電,但並未說賀電是「假的」,台灣只要有外交突破,中國一定會抗議。

駐日代表 謝長廷表示:「他沒有說賀電是假的,假的話是犯罪行為,他沒有說是真是假,那他這個講法是什麼意思,我想這個就是外交嘛!」

輔大日文系特聘教授 何思慎表示:「一般的話,那個像大陸的國慶,那個就是由首相,他甚至於拍一個影像檔,然後這個給大陸祝賀國慶,他有影像,當然是真的,因為我們跟日本沒有邦交啦,那所以我們的國慶,從1972年斷交到現在,已經四十幾年,那這個有一定的,這樣的一個作法。」

馬前政府的外交學者質疑,台日並無正式邦交,本來就無法循外交正式管道祝賀國慶,可是,如果有人為了搶功,導致發生爭議,當然要查清楚。不過外交部澄清,福岡分處是接獲長期信任的政壇友人,轉交賀電,我方與日方都充分了解,並且掌握日方立場。

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