Improved China, Japan ties could benefit regional peace: MOFA

10/25/2018 04:04 PM
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Taipei, Oct. 25 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday that Taiwan is glad to see improving relations between China and Japan, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) in Beijing on Friday.

Abe is scheduled to arrive in Beijing on Thursday afternoon, the first time a Japanese Prime Minister has visited China since 2011. He will meet with Xi the next day.

The visit comes as the two countries mark the 40th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship. Analysts said the visit is expected to cap an improvement in once chilly Sino-Japanese ties.

Asked to comment on Abe's historic three-day visit to China, Taiwan-Japan Relations Association deputy secretary-general Hsieh Bor-huei (謝柏輝) said the government is paying close attention to developments.

The ministry is in close contact with Japan over Abe's visit and the Japanese side will brief Taiwanese officials on the results of the summit, Hsieh added.

Hsieh said the ministry is glad to see the improvement in ties between Japan and China, saying that such a development is helpful to regional peace and stability.

However, the Japanese side has repeatedly affirmed that the thaw in Sino-Japanese ties will not come at the expense of Tokyo's cordial relations with Taipei, Hsieh said.

Japan has pledged to continue to enhance its already-strong relations with Taiwan, he added.

(By Joseph Yeh)

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