• Kyodo

  • SHARE

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen addresses an online conference hosted by think tanks of Japan, the United States and Taiwan on Tuesday. | TAIWAN PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE / VIA KYODO
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen addresses an online conference hosted by think tanks of Japan, the United States and Taiwan on Tuesday. | TAIWAN PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE / VIA KYODO

The Foreign Ministry said Friday it will create a post for a senior official who will exclusively deal with issues related to Taiwan, as tensions escalate between the self-ruled democratic island and China.

The creation of the new post in the ministry’s First China and Mongolia Division in the next fiscal year, starting in April, could spark a furious backlash from Beijing, which regards Taiwan as a renegade province to be reunified with the mainland, by force if necessary.

The ministry revealed the plan at a meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s Foreign Affairs Division, according to Masahisa Sato, a House of Councillors lawmaker.

Sato, who heads the division, told reporters that the ministry has “more work regarding Taiwan in terms of security, foreign and economic affairs. This is a big step forward.”

The senior diplomat will be in charge of work such as collecting information on the Taiwan Strait situation and increased exchanges between Taiwanese high-ranking officials and their European and U.S. counterparts, according to the ministry.

In addition, the ministry said the diplomat will be tasked with handling maritime issues including those related to the Senkaku Islands, a group of uninhabited islets controlled by Japan but claimed by China, which calls them Diaoyu.

China, which is known for having expanded its territorial claims in recent years, has frequently sent coast guard ships near the islets in the East China Sea, causing friction with Tokyo.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)