SYNOPSIS: An unfriendly welcome awaited a special Japanese envoy to Taiwan when he arrived at Taipei airport.
SYNOPSIS: An unfriendly welcome awaited a special Japanese envoy to Taiwan when he arrived at Taipei airport. Hundreds of students protested against Tokyo's growing friendship with Peking. The special envoy is Etsusaburo Shiine, who is Vice-President of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, and a former Foreign Minister. He was sent to Taiwan by Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka, to explain the reasons why Japan wanted closer relations with the People's Republic of China. But there was a coal greeting from Mr. Chou Tung-hua, director of the Asia Pacific Department of Taiwan's foreign ministry.
And, when Mr. Shiina left the airport, the recaption was even less friendly. Waiting students jeered and chanted and finally rushed at his car.
Mr. Shiina arrived at the foreign ministry to meet Taiwanese Foreign Minister Shon Chang-huan. A personal message from Japanese Prime Minister Tanaka to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, the Taiwanese leader, was not received personally by the Generalissimo - but passed on to the presidential office.
When the Foreign Minister met Mr. Shiina he spoke of the need for Japan to respect international faith. Mr. shiina tried to put across Japan's new policy but Taiwan still refused to give her approval.
At the moment, Japan still recognises Taiwan, but it is expected that diplomatic ties might end when Japan opens formal relations with The People's Republic of China.