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Newsline: China upset at name change of de facto Japan embassy in Taiwan

China expressed dissatisfaction on Wednesday after Japan’s de facto embassy in self-ruled Taiwan, which Beijing considers a breakaway province, said it would change its name to include the word Taiwan. Japan, like most countries in the world, maintains only informal relations with Taiwan while it has diplomatic ties with Beijing. From Jan. 1, the Interchange Association, Japan, will become the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, according to a notice on its website. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China had a consistent stance when it came to Taiwan and opposed attempts to create “one China, one Taiwan”, or “two Chinas”. “As for the negative move by Japan on the Taiwan issue, we are extremely dissatisfied,” Hua told a daily news briefing. China urges Japan to uphold the “one China” principle, appropriately handle Taiwan-related matters and not send a wrong message to Taiwan and the international community or create new disturbances in China-Japan ties, she added. An Interchange Association official in Japan said the decision to rename itself was taken to boost recognition.



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