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With the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Taiwan and the United States have lost an important supporter of Chinese militarization in the Pacific.

Abe, an arch-conservative of Japanese politics and the first Japanese nationalist opposed to Chinese expansion, had been a staunch ally of Taiwan as threats of Chinese “reunification” loomed.

“There has been no truer friend in Taiwan. Outspoken and a staunch supporter of democracy, Abe has taken Taiwan-Japan relations to new heights,” tweeted the Taiwanese embassy in the United States. “With much regret, we share our deepest condolences.”

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Officers and soldiers conduct training in southwestern Guizhou, Guizhou province, China, February 22, 2022.
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Abe has supported Taiwan as a key ally in preventing Chinese aggression and expansion, speaking regularly in support of the disputed island nation’s right to self-government.

“It is no coincidence that, under Trump, the relationship has never been stronger between the two nations,” said Hugh Dugan, former senior director of the National Security Council (NSC) under President Trump. “Historians would say Abe’s career peaked during the Trump era. Abe’s cooperation and promotion of Taiwan has been cleverly triangulated with growing concerns about China’s vision of its opportunities with Taiwan.”

Dugan, who also served as the interim special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, told Fox News Digital Abe that Abe’s support for a strengthened US presence in the region “has provided Trump the ability to make his overtures. happened to Kim and North Korea “.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech before being shot in the back by a man in Nara, western Japan on July 8, 2022.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech before being shot in the back by a man in Nara, western Japan on July 8, 2022.
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The People’s Republic of China has long claimed sovereignty over Taiwan and the Taiwan Strait, the relatively narrow strip of ocean between the island of Taiwan and mainland China. The Chinese military frequently sent planes to the area, testing Taiwan’s air defense zone.

Japan sees China’s increasingly determined military activity in the East and South China Seas as a threat to regional stability. Tokyo is particularly sensitive to Chinese activities near the disputed islands.

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A day before Abe’s assassination, a PRC official responsible for relations with Taiwan said that a “reunification” of the two countries was approaching.

The arching comments were published Thursday in the Chinese government newspaper People’s Daily.

A Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force Y-20 transport plane performs at the 12th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai city, south China on November 7, 2018.

A Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force Y-20 transport plane performs at the 12th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai city, south China on November 7, 2018.
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Liu Jieyi, head of China Taiwan Affairs Office, he expressed expectations that China will claim Taiwan in the near future.

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“Our growing global strength and significant institutional advantages continue to turn into efficiencies in working on Taiwanese issues and driving forward the national reunification process,” Liu said, according to a translation in the South China Morning Post.

Liu went on to threaten a violent crackdown on “Taiwan independence forces” and a stronger push back against foreign interventions in the conflict.

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