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Japan-Taiwan parliamentary group to organize strategic dialogue on Hong Kong

  • March 20, 2021
  • , Sankei , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

A basic outline proposed by a supra-partisan parliamentary group on Taiwan (led by Keiji Furuya) was disclosed on March 19. With an eye on China, the outline underscores that “[any] attempt to change the status quo by force should be recognized as a threat to the international community and we will closely work with Taiwan and make an utmost effort to respect fundamental values, such as freedom, democracy and the rule of law, and to maintain the international order.” On the Hong Kong situation, it also stipulates that “we will take the initiative in organizing a Japan-Taiwan strategic dialogue to discuss how to deal with the one-country, two-systems policy.”

 

The outline also sets forth a policy of backing Taiwan’s membership in the World Health Organization. It hails Taiwan’s COVID-19 response as the “most successful example in the world” and stresses that “we will strongly support Taiwan’s participation in the WHO on an equal footing and its sharing of expertise with the rest of the world.” (Abridged)

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