Japan’s ambassador to Beijing was summoned by China to an emergency meeting after former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan would not stand by if China took measures to reclaim Taiwan.

The ambassador was summoned by China’s foreign ministry on Wednesday and Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Hua Chunying protested that Abe’s warning had “openly challenged China’s sovereignty and gave brazen support to Taiwan independence forces.”

A foreign ministry statement said China was “resolutely opposed” to Abe’s comments and had made “stern representations” to Japan. (RT)