Want China Times
By: CNA and Staff Reporter
Taiwan has urged Japan to maintain friendly relations with neighboring countries days
before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to release a statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender in 1945 that brought the end of World War II.
“I believe everyone is taking note of Japan’s way of dealing with (the situation),” Taiwan’s foreign minister, David Lin, said Monday in response to a question on whether his ministry has information about the speech in advance and what it hopes Abe will say.
“We still hope to maintain amicable relations with Japan. We also hope that Japan, to the best of its ability, can maintain friendly relations and cooperation with its neighboring countries,” Lin said at a diplomatic event.
Abe is scheduled to give his statement on Aug. 14, the anniversary of the date in 1945 when Emperor Hirohito accepted the Allied terms of surrender (the date was Aug. 15 Japan Standard Time). The surrender was confirmed officially on Sept. 2. [FULL STORY]