Japanese lawmakers eye increased security cooperation with U.S. and Taiwan

The Japan Times
Date: Nov 10, 2019

A group of Japanese lawmakers is looking to ramp up security cooperation with the United States and

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen (right) waves during a parade in Taipei on Oct. 10. | KYODO

Taiwan 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]

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