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Ceremony held for renamed Japan-Taiwan exchange body

Jiji PressTAIPEI (Jiji Press) — The Taipei office of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, formerly the Interchange Association, has held a ceremony to mark the renaming.

Japan and Taiwan have established one of the best friendships in the world, office head Mikio Numata said at the ceremony, staged on Tuesday.

At the same time, he said that he has felt regret for the low level of recognition of the association under its old name in Taiwan, showing hopes that the name change, which took effect on Sunday, will help deepen Taiwanese people’s understanding of the organization.

The association’s decision on the renaming was announced on Dec. 28.

Beijing, which regards Taiwan as a renegade province, on the same day voiced its strong discontent at the move. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a press conference, “We are firmly against any attempt to create ‘two Chinas,’ or ‘one China, one Taiwan.’”

The association was created in 1972, when Japan and Taiwan severed their diplomatic relations. The Taipei office serves as Japan’s de facto embassy in Taiwan.Speech

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