Taipei, President Tsai Ingwen said Tuesday that the government looks forward to strengthening ties with Japan and that it hopes it can support Taiwan's efforts to take part in a second round of negotiations for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for TransPacific Partnership (CPTPP).
Speaking to visiting Japanese Congressman Akihisa Nagashima at the Presidential Office, Tsai said Japan is an important member of the global community and that its influence can play a large part in Taiwan's participation in the CPTPP.
Tsai noted that the Japanese Democratic Party lawmaker is deputy head of a parliamentary JapanTaiwan friendship group and has been a longtime supporter of TaiwanJapan relations.
At the meeting, she also thanked Nagashima and his parliamentary group for having spoken out in support of Taiwan on numerous occasions in the past, in particular when several international airlines were pressured by China to drop the country name "Taiwan" on their websites.
Taiwan and Japan both play key roles in the United States' IndoPacific strategy, Tsai said, noting that while Chinese activities in the East China Sea have become more and more frequent, she hopes Taiwan and Japan can work together to maintain peace and stability in the region.
She again reiterated her call for Japan's support of Taiwan's CPTPP bid as it seeks to take part in the second round of negotiations this year.
The CPTPP came into being after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of its predecessor the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) just days after he took office in January 2017.
The other 11 TPP countries Canada, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam renegotiated the free trade deal and called the new version the CPTPP. It was signed in March 2018.
Taiwan has been trying to join the regional economic bloc since its formation in March last year by the 11 signatory economies, many of which are the nation's major trading partners.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel