TOKYO: China has lodged a protest against Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi's statement congratulating Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen for her recent reelection, it was learned on Tuesday.
Japan is aware of China's reaction, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at the day's press conference, noting that Beijing complained to Tokyo over the statement.
Meanwhile, Suga reiterated Japan's position that Taiwan is "an important partner and a precious friend."
In his statement issued on Saturday, Motegi said Japan commends the smooth implementation of the democratic election and Tsai's victory.
Tsai's victory has discomfited Beijing, which holds the "One China" principle, as it gives her pro-independence regime four more years in power.