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China has warned Japan’s new government over its Taiwan policy, reiterating its opposition to including the island in the scope of the Japan-U.S. security alliance and urging Tokyo to act with caution over Taipei’s invitation for former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to pay a visit.

If the Japan-U.S. security alliance “exceeds the bilateral scope, it will trigger neighboring countries’ worries and become a factor for instability and complexity in the regional security situation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Thursday at a news conference.

“We firmly oppose including China and China’s Taiwan in the scope of the Japan-U.S. security arrangement, either directly or indirectly, as it would constitute the infringement of China’s sovereignty,” Qin said, speaking after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe named his first Cabinet on Tuesday.

China regards Taiwan as a renegade province and says it would attack if the self-ruled island formally declares its independence and permanent separation from the mainland.

Qin also opposed Taiwan’s invitation for Koizumi to visit for the opening of a high-speed train service involving Japanese technology, saying Beijing is against “separatist activities by the Taiwan authorities under any excuse.”

Japan should “maintain utmost caution” and “adhere to the commitments in the three Sino-Japanese political documents” in dealing with the issue, he added, referring to Japan’s one-China principle, in which it recognizes Beijing as the sole government of China.

The last trip to Taiwan by a former Japanese prime minister was by Koizumi’s predecessor, Yoshiro Mori, in December 2003. While Mori called the visit a personal trip, it riled Beijing.

Qin dismissed concern voiced by new Defense Agency Director General Fumio Kyuma over China’s military buildup, saying China is pursuing “a path of peaceful development.”

“He is a new defense minister, so we invite him to familiarize himself well with China’s stated position and policy, and then present his views again,” Qin said.

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