Taiwan watching Japan's next move on defense issues: official
Central News Agency
2014-07-01 11:25 PM
Taipei, July 1 (CNA) Taiwan is closely watching Japan's next move after the Japanese Diet approved a proposal to reinterpret the so-called right of collective self-defense in its war-renouncing Constitution Tuesday. The Republic of China hopes Japan will respond to the East China Sea Peace Initiative proposed by President Ma Ying-jeou and develop friendly relations with its neighbors, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Anna Kao said late Tuesday. A recent poll by Japanese media outlets Nikkei and TV Tokyo Corp. shows that 34 percent of the respondents said the Japanese government should exercise its right of collective self-defense, while 50 percent said it should not. As for Premier Shinzo Abe's move to reinterpret the rules that ban Japan's use of armed force except in very narrowly defined circumstances, 29 percent agreed but 54 percent disagreed, according to the poll. South Korea has already reaffirmed its stance that Japan should seek explicit consent from Seoul if it wants to exercises the right to "collective self-defense" in cases of emergency situations related to security on the Korean Peninsula, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency. (By Tang Pei-chun, Yang Ming-chu and Kuo Chung-han)
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