Japan should join us for security talks: Foreign minister

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2018-06-27

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu has called on Japan to engage in security talks with

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu appears in this CNA file photo.

Taiwan in order to address mounting pressure from China.

In a recent interview with Japan’s Senkai Shimbun, Wu said he hopes Japan and Taiwan can more frequently exchange ideas on security issues, since the two nations face similar threats. Wu said China’s increasingly frequent activities in the Pacific could threaten Japan in the future.

Wu also said that formal diplomatic ties should not be a prerequisite for security talks. He said senior US officials have frequently visited Taiwan in the past year, and that President Trump also approved a new round of arms sales to Taiwan last June, worth US$1.4 billion.

Wu said Taiwan is open to alternative channels if Japan is unwilling to engage in formal talks.    [FULL  STORY]

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