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Japan backs Taiwan on CPTPP: Suzuki

Japan would welcome Taiwan’s participation in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Japanese Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Youth Division director Norikazu Suzuki said at a meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) at the Presidential Office in Taipei yesterday.

The Youth Division has cooperated and promoted exchanges with Taiwan for more than 50 years, and will continue to uphold this tradition and bolster bilateral ties, said Suzuki, who arrived on Sunday as the leader of a 65-member LDP delegation.

As former Japanese prime minister Taro Aso, who was also a Youth Division director, said during his trip to Taiwan earlier this month, Japan and Taiwan will face various challenges side by side, Suzuki said.


US calls on China to end pressure against Taiwan

The US on Saturday urged China to stop pressuring Taiwan, saying it would continue to monitor China’s military exercises.

“We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan,” a US Department of State spokesperson said in a statement.

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) yesterday also urged Beijing to stop pressuring Taiwan.


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A Japanese TV news image shows Vice President William Lai, second left, accompanied by Representative to Japan Frank Hsieh, left, in Tokyo yesterday.
Photo: screen grab from Twitter

Vice President William Lai (賴清德) yesterday became the most senior Taiwanese official to visit Japan in five decades when he traveled to Tokyo to offer condolences after the assassination of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe.

Tokyo broke official ties with Taipei in 1972 and established relations with Beijing.