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Ruling party officials of Japan, Taiwan to cooperate on China policy 

  • August 28, 2021
  • , Asahi, Yomiuri, Nikkei
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Saturday’s Asahi, Yomiuri, and Nikkei reported that foreign affairs and defense officials of the ruling parties of Japan and Taiwan held their first meeting online on Friday and discussed such issues as how to deal with China’s maritime advancement in the East and South China Seas. Yomiuri wrote that through what the Japanese side referred to as a “two-plus-two” meeting between the ruling parties, the two sides were hoping to play up cooperation between Japan and Taiwan as the two governments have not been able to hold formal diplomatic talks. Yomiuri wrote that the meeting was held at the request of the LDP and attended by Sato Masahisa, who heads the Foreign Affairs Division, and Otsuka Taku, who heads the National Defense Division, from the Japanese side. Sato reportedly told the press after the meeting that it was “extremely significant” that policy talks were held between the ruling parties at a time when it is difficult to hold government-to-government talks. 

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