China’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that Japanese officials were “behaving very badly” with recent statements about ongoing tensions in the Taiwan Strait.
The statement comes two days after US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a controversial visit to Taiwan.
“Your leaders have recently behaved very badly on the Taiwan issue. Japan has a serious historical responsibility on the Taiwan issue, and is not qualified to say anything to China on the Taiwan issue,” ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said during a meeting in Beijing.
Beijing’s harsh remarks come after foreign ministers from the G7 countries – including Japan – urged China on Wednesday to resolve the tension over the Taiwan Strait peacefully.
The request prompted China to cancel a planned meeting between Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Japanese counterpart on the sidelines of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) events in Cambodia.
Shortly after the meeting, China’s Foreign Ministry announced in a statement that it had decided to sanction Pelosi and her family in response to their “vicious” and “provocative” actions.
Source: CNN Brasil