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Japan considered holding informal session with Taiwanese cabinet minister 

  • August 22, 2021
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Sunday’s Sankei claimed in its top story that according to multiple GOJ sources, some members of the Suga cabinet were trying to convene an unofficial meeting in Tokyo with Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang on the margins of the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony in late July. However, the plan never materialized since the Taiwanese official chose not to visit Japan on account of the coronavirus resurgence. As relations between Japan and Taiwan are regarded as a “working partnership between non-governments,” the daily said if a ministerial meeting had been realized, it would have been a monumental development in the bilateral relationship. The paper added that the GOJ plan reflected the Suga administration’s attachment of importance to Taiwan in view of escalating cross-strait tensions and U.S.-Japan efforts to reduce their dependence on supply chains in China. Taiwan is a primary supplier of semiconductors for global markets.  

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