Democracies need unity on Taiwan, Japanese ambassador warns


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On only his second visit to Melbourne since taking up the post in Canberra a year ago, Yamagami emphasised Taiwan’s importance to the “peace and stability” across the East China Sea, the Pacific, and – through its place in global supply chains – the world. Taiwan, which had seen its diplomatic status steadily decline since the 1970s, has re-emerged as a flashpoint in China-US tensions in the past year. Loading Chinese President Xi Jinping last month said the “historical task of the complete reunification of the motherland must be fulfilled” – a comment seen as threatening military action over Taiwan....