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Chinese ire over Taiwan comments

CHINA voiced strong dissatisfaction yesterday with remarks by the head of the Taipei office of Japan's Interchange Association who commented on the "uncertainty of Taiwan's status."

China has lodged a solemn representation to Japan, said a Foreign Ministry spokesman yesterday.

Masaki Saito, who directs Japan's Interchange Association, said Taiwan's international status remained unresolved at a symposium held at National Chung Cheng University in southern Taiwan on Friday.

"It is recognized by the international community that Taiwan has always been an inalienable part of China," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu in a statement.

Japan had made it clear that Saito's comments did not reflect the position of the Japanese government, according to Ma.

Saito retracted his remarks on Saturday after Taiwan lodged a protest and demanded an explanation of the remarks.


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