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Taiwan, Japan to hold dialogue on maritime affairs in Taipei

2017/12/15 23:05:24

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Taipei, Dec. 15 (CNA) Taiwan and Japan will hold a dialogue on maritime affairs cooperation in Taipei next week, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Friday.

Discussions will touch on topics such as marine resources conservation, maritime emergencies and rescue, as well as marine scientific research, the foreign ministry said in a news release.

The objective of the meeting is to open up a positive dialogue mechanism on maritime issues and to foster closer cooperation between the two sides, the ministry said.

Taiwan's delegation will be led by Taiwan-Japan Relations Association (TJRA) Secretary-General Chang Shu-ling (張淑玲), whose group will also be comprised of officials from the Fisheries Agency, Coast Guard Administration, Ministry of Science and Technology, and the foreign ministry.

Chiou I-jen (邱義仁), head of the TJRA, will also be present at the meeting and will act as a consultant to the Taiwan delegation.

Meanwhile, an anonymous source familiar with the matter told CNA that Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association Chairman Mitsuo Ohashi is expected to be in Taipei for the meeting.

The Japanese delegation will include officials from a number of government agencies, including those involved with fisheries, the coast guard, technology, and foreign affairs.

The two-day meeting will be held from Dec. 19-20, according to MOFA.

(By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin)