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Japan says ties with Taiwan are only unofficial in wake of Chinese protests over description of it as a country

Japan’s relations with Taiwan are non-governmental and
practical and are based on Tokyo’s recognition of China as the sole
legitimate government, a senior Japanese official said on Friday,
following Beijing’s protest over the prime minister’s recent
reference to the island as a country.As China flexes its muscle in
the Taiwan Strait and the Asia-Pacific region, the issue of Taiwan
is a sensitive topic, especially as Japan, the United States and
other democracies develop closer ties with the…