The Japan Times
Date: Nov 10, 2019
A group of Japanese lawmakers is looking to ramp up security cooperation with the United States andTaiwan in a bid to counter China’s military buildup and growing assertiveness in the region, according to sources familiar with the plan.
The cross-party group, headed by Keiji Furuya of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, is mulling the creation of a forum with U.S. and Taiwanese lawmakers by the end of the year to facilitate such coordination, the sources said.
The move coincides with independence-minded President Tsai Ing-wen’s bid for re-election in Taiwan’s presidential election in January.
As such, the envisaged trilateral parliamentary tie-up may anger China at a time when ties with Japan have been improving and ahead of a planned state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the country in the spring. [FULL STORY]