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Taiwan pres. Tsai regards Japan as security partner

Tokyo, March 23 (Jiji Press)–Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has said during an online meeting with former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that Japan is an important trade partner and security partner for Taiwan.

Their talks were held Tuesday on the sidelines of a general assembly of a suprapartisan group of Japanese lawmakers to strengthen relations between Japan and Taiwan.

The video of the online talks was uploaded to the internet Wednesday.

With the Russian invasion of Ukraine in mind, Tsai said that such an outrageous act should never be allowed in the Indo-Pacific region or elsewhere in the world.

“It is important for Japan and Taiwan to share information for regional stability,” Abe said.

Tsai called for Japan’s support to realize Taiwan’s entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement. Abe expressed high hopes for an early entry of Taiwan.

Tsai welcomed Abe’s wish to visit Taiwan.

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