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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu's Remarks on a Japanese Public Figure's Taiwan-related Comment

Q: It is reported that Saito Masaki, the new chief representative of the Japan Interchange Association Taipei Office claimed in a public speech on May 1 that "Taiwan's status remains unresolved". How do you comment on this?

A: We express strong dissatisfaction over relevant Japanese public figure's remarks that contravene the China-Japan Joint Statement. The Chinese Government has lodged solemn representations to the Japanese side.

The Japanese side made it clear that the remarks do not represent its official position. When it comes to the status of Taiwan, the Japanese Government fully understands and respects the Chinese Government's position that "Taiwan is an inalienable part of the territory of the People's Republic of China". Japan's position has never changed and remains intact.

I'd like to stress that it is a universally recognized fact that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory. Any attempt to stage the theory of "undecided status" of Taiwan is to challenge China's core interests, which the Chinese Government and people will never accept.

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