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President urges Japan to help Taiwan join trade pact

2018/11/29 21:58:45

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Taipei, Nov. 29 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Thursday she hopes Taiwan can participate in the second round of accession talks for a Japan-led trade pact, with the support of Tokyo.

Tsai expressed the hope during a meeting with a Japanese delegation led by Mitsuo Ohashi, chairman of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (JTEA), according to a statement issued by the Presidential Office.

Japan is Taiwan's third largest trade partner, while Taiwan is Japan's fourth largest last year, Tsai said, adding that therefore, if Taiwan is able to join the Japan-led Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), this will be of great strategic significance.

Tsai further said she hopes Ohashi will help Taiwan to secure the support of the Japanese government for joining the second round of accession talks.

She noted that Ohashi has visited Taiwan more than 10 times since he took office in June 2011, and has facilitated the signing of over 10 bilateral cooperation agreements between Taiwan and Japan. He also helped organize several meetings for bilateral cooperation in the fields of economics, trade, fisheries and marine science.

Tsai also lauded Ohasi as a prominent promoter of friendly exchanges between Taiwan and Japan, saying that this time, he came to Taiwan to attend the meeting of a Taiwan-Japan committee aimed at jointly developing potential markets overseas held Wednesday and the annual Taiwan-Japan economic and trade meeting being held Thursday and Friday.

She thanked Ohasi for his visit to Taiwan to attend the two meetings that she described as very important to the development of the relations between the two countries.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Evelyn Kao)
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