Leg­is­la­ture speaker ar­rives in Ja­pan for a four-day visit

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan’s Leg­isla­tive Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng ( ) ar­rived in Tokyo on Mon­day to em­bark on a four-day tour aimed at strength­en­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween Tai­wan and Ja­pan.

Wang, head­ing a group of 15 law­mak­ers (in­clud­ing him­self), de­parted from Taipei Song­shan Air­port ear­lier in the day.

Be­fore board­ing his flight, Wang told re­porters that the visit was “purely par­lia­men­tary diplo­macy” aimed at boost­ing Tai­wan’s re­la­tions with Ja­pan, and he asked the me­dia to re­frain from “as­so­ci­at­ing (the trip) with any­thing else.”

The vet­eran mem­ber of the rul­ing Kuom­intang (KMT), who has served as speaker of the Leg­is­la­ture since 1999, is seen as a po­ten­tial nom­i­nee of the KMT in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

The wily 74-year-old politi­cian has so far man­aged, how­ever, to avoid di­rectly an­swer­ing ques­tions on whether or not he will seek the KMT’s nom­i­na­tion de­spite in­tense spec­u­la­tion over his in­ten­tions.

Dur­ing his stay in Ja­pan, Wang will visit Masaaki Ya­mazaki, pres­i­dent of the House of Coun­cil­lors in the Diet, and Sadakazu Tani­gaki, head of Ja­pan’s rul­ing Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party.

He will also meet Kat­suya Okada, head of Ja­pan’s largest op­po­si­tion party, the Demo­cratic Party.

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