By Daisuke Sawada in Taipei
Tsai Ming-yao, secretary general of the Association of East Asian Relations, which handles matters concerning the interests of Taiwan and Japan, told Japanese reporters, who were visiting Taiwan, that “the United States can no longer single-handedly preserve world peace and security. In order to maintain the stability of East Asia and the Western Pacific, the U.S. needs Japan’s cooperation. So we welcome Japan’s security legislation.” Thus he expressed Taiwan’s hopes for Japan’s contribution with China’s growing maritime advancement in mind.
Tsai said, “If Taiwan were annexed by China, that would be troublesome for both Japan and the U.S.” Regarding concrete security cooperation between Japan and Taiwan, he said, “It is taboo to comment on that since Taiwan and Japan have not yet concluded diplomatic ties.” He also said, “All of East Asia, including the U.S. and China, should push ahead with policies based on the common perception of “peace first” and “no aggression,” keeping a check on China.
Concerning China’s construction of man-made islands in the South China Sea, he said, “It is an invasion from the perspective of the parties concerned, but China has said those waters “originally belonged to it.” What is important is to secure freedom of navigation in a peaceful manner.”