Speaker calls for Ja­pan to sup­port Tai­wan bids

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan’s Leg­isla­tive Speaker Wang Jin-pyng ( ) called dur­ing a visit to Ja­panese politi­cians Tues­day for Ja­panese sup­port for Tai­wan’s bids for ac­cess to two pro­posed re­gional eco­nomic blocs — the Trans-Pa­cific Part­ner­ship (TPP) and the Re­gional Com­pre­hen­sive Eco­nomic Part­ner­ship (RCEP).

Wang also voiced hope that an eco­nomic part­ner­ship agree­ment be­tween Tai­wan and Ja­pan can be signed as soon as pos­si­ble, say­ing that all th­ese mea­sures will help boost trade be­tween the two coun­tries.

Fair treat­ment for Tai­wan in in­ter­na­tional so­ci­ety will not just help Tai­wan’s eco­nomic devel­op­ment but will also ben­e­fit trade be­tween Tai­wan and Ja­pan, which will in­di­rectly boost Ja­pan’s trade and eco­nomic growth, Wang said while ad­dress­ing a lun­cheon hosted by Tadashi Imai, pres­i­dent of the In­ter­change As­so­ci­a­tion.

The as­so­ci­a­tion han­dles Ja­pan’s ties with Tai­wan in the ab­sence of diplo­matic re­la­tions.

The 74-year-old Wang, a vet­eran mem­ber of Tai­wan’s rul­ing Kuom­intang ( KMT), made the same call dur­ing a meet­ing with Sadakazu Tani­gaki, head of Ja­pan’s rul­ing Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party, later in the day.

Wang, head­ing a group of 15 Tai­wanese law­mak­ers, flew to Ja­pan a day ear­lier for a four-day visit, which he said be­fore board­ing his flight in Taipei was “purely par­lia­men­tary diplo­macy” aimed at boost­ing Tai­wan’s re­la­tions with Ja­pan.

The speaker of the Leg­isla­tive Yuan since 1999 is seen as a po­ten­tial nom­i­nee of the KMT in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

On Tues­day, Wang and his del­e­ga­tion also vis­ited Masaaki Ya­mazaki, pres­i­dent of the House of Coun­cil­lors in the Diet, with whom they held a closed-door meet­ing.

Be­fore his re­turn April 9, Wang will tour Chiba Pre­fec­ture, where he will visit a ra­dioac­tive sub­stance ex­am­i­na­tion cen­ter and a home for the el­derly.

Chiba is one of five Ja­panese pre­fec­tures whose food prod­ucts are banned from be­ing sold in Tai­wan be­cause of pos­si­ble con­tam­i­na­tion by ra­dioac­tiv­ity from the Fukushima Dai­ichi Nu­clear Power Plant melt­down in March 2011.

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