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Taiwan, Japan to sign 5 accords to expand cooperation

2013/11/04 23:16:02

Taipei, Nov. 4 (CNA) Taiwan will sign five agreements with Japan Tuesday to boost exchanges and cooperation in e-commerce, patents and other fields, government officials said Monday.

The new agreements that also cover cooperation in pharmaceutical codes, railway services and maritime and airborne search and rescue symbolize growing ties between the two countries following the signing of a pact on fishing rights in waters near the disputed Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea, the officials said.

Lee Chia-chin, chairman of the Association of East Asia Relations, and Mitsuo Ohashi, head of the Interchange Association of Japan, will sign those accords in Taipei on behalf of their respective countries.

The e-commerce agreement will be yet another important building block for eventual signing of a free trade accord following an investment pact signed earlier between the two sides, the officials said.

(By Huang Jui-hung and Sofia Wu)