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Taiwan to start FTA talks with Japan: president-elect

2016/01/17 21:53:08

Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said Sunday that Taiwan intends to start talks on a free trade agreement with Japan.

Tsai said trade cooperation between Taiwan and Japan will be important to promoting bilateral relations, and this will include negotiations on a bilateral free trade agreement.

In a news release, the DPP said Tsai, accompanied by DPP Secretary-General Joseph Wu (吳昭燮), met with Mitsuo Ohashi, head of the Interchange Association of Japan and Mikio Numata, chief representative of the association Sunday, one day after winning the presidential election.

Tsai expressed her appreciation that during the past eight years, when the DPP was in its most difficult period, Japanese friends continued to maintain a good friendship with the party.

Both sides also discussed future cooperation on trade, and Tsai stressed that the new government will use continued communication and a rational attitude to solve hurdles in bilateral trade.

(By Sophia Yeh and Lilian Wu)