- Title: Taiwan, Japan ruling parties discuss China, military cooperation
- Date: 27th August 2021
- Summary: TOKYO, JAPAN (AUGUST 27, 2021) (REUTERS) NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) LAWMAKER FROM JAPAN'S DEMOCRATIC LIBERAL PARTY, MASAHISA SATO, SAYING: "In particular, as we adopted a parliamentary system, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's policies are connected to the government's policies. So I think that this dialogue between the ruling parties (in Japan and Taiwan) is extremely significant, especially in an environment where it is hard to conduct talks between Japan and Taiwan's government." NEWS CONFERENCE ENDING
- Embargoed: 10th September 2021 07:12
- Keywords: China Japan Japan's Liberal Democratic Party Taiwan Taiwan's democratic progressive party bilateral talks ruling party security
- Location: TAIPEI, TAIWAN/TOKYO, JAPAN
- City: TAIPEI, TAIWAN/TOKYO, JAPAN
- Country: Taiwan
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA002ES2018N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Taiwan and Japan's ruling parties discussed how to handle the rising challenge they both face from their neighbour China as well as possible military exchanges, during a virtual meeting on Friday (August 27) that Beijing condemned as an affront to Chinese sovereignty.
While Chinese-claimed Taiwan and Japan do not have formal diplomatic ties, they have close unofficial relations and both share concerns about China, especially its increased military activities near the two.
The talks, attended by two senior lawmakers each from Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Japan's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), took place online and lasted half an hour longer than the originally planned one hour.
The DPP's Lo Chih-cheng told reporters the talks focused on areas including semiconductors, China's nearby military activities and possible cooperation between Taiwan, Japan and the United States.
Masahisa Sato, a lawmaker who runs the LDP's foreign affairs team, said the dialogue would help inform the Japanese ruling party's policy making.
China, which looks askance at any official interactions between Taiwanese and foreign officials, condemned the talks last week, saying Japan should not send "wrong signals" about Taiwan's independence.
(Production: Akira Tomoshige, Joseph Campbell)
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