Wed, Jan 26, 2005 - Page 3 News List

Envoy returns from explaining Chinese law to Japanese

By Melody Chen  /  STAFF REPORTER , WITH CNA

The country's former envoy to Tokyo said yesterday he hoped Japan would take on a greater leadership role in Asia, so as to do more to promote peace in the region.

Lo Fu-chen (羅福全), now president of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Association of East Asian Relations, held a press conference with Tokyo-based Taiwanese reporters, sharing his thoughts after concluding a mission to Japan to explain the likely impact of China's anti-secession law.

Lo, whose mission left for Japan last Wednesday, visited Japanese Diet members and media outlets.

"They thought the anti-secession law would not cause serious problems. Now they have a deeper understanding of the law, after we explained its implications to them," he said.

The ministry also sent delegations to Europe, the US and other places to explain Taiwan's objections to the anti-secession law.

"Our delegation told Japanese officials and reporters that Beijing's unilateral promulgation of the law will change the status quo between Taiwan and China. The legislation will raise cross-strait tensions and change the political spectrum in Asia," Lo said.

China is not a democratic country and can interpret the law in any way it wants, Lo added.

"We hope that Japan can help rein in China's inclination to brinkmanship," he said.

Lo noted that both ruling and opposition Diet members showed considerable concern about the anti-secession law.

"In the past, many Diet members took China's side, and only spoke for Beijing. Now Japan's national interests weigh most in their hearts when they consider things," he said.

Most Japanese officials and journalists said the impact the anti-secession law remains to be observed because the actual articles of the law are still not available.

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