Taiwan and Japan signed a memorandum on Wednesday on cooperatino in maritime rescue operations. The signing took place at the closing of the second round of talks on bilateral maritime cooperation in Taipei.
The head of the Taiwan-Japan Relations Association, Chiou I-jen, said this agreement shows that the two sides are willing to be flexible and pragmatic on dealing with their maritime issues.
"Of course the issues between the Coast Guard Administration and Japan's Coast Guard are not just rescue operations, cooperation in fighting crime, etc. We need to continue to work on these issues. We've also had progress on cooperation in marine science. With fishing rights, we have some differences but through this dialogue we can narrow our differences," said Chiou.
Chiou said the talks helped build mutual trust and a more flexible attitude towards dealing with problems. He said the third round of talks next year should bring even more progress.
Ohashi Mitsuo, the head of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, also said that the mutual support and trust being built can be seen in the recent memorandum. He said ties between Japan and Taiwan are growing stronger and that the two sides are working more closely on maritime issues.
Source: Radio Taiwan International