By: C.W. Chen and Lillian Lin
Taipei, Sept. 11 (CNA) Japan is willing to support Taiwan’s participation in the negotiations
over the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, an official of the National Development Council (NDC) said, quoting Japan’s chief delegate to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Cebu, the Philippines.
Connie Hui-chuan Chang (張惠娟), director-general of NDC’s Department of Overall Planning, said that Shinjiro Koizumi, parliamentary vice minister of the Cabinet Office of Japan, told NDC Minister Duh Tyzz-jiun (杜紫軍) at a bilateral talk during the second Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting (SRMM) of APEC, Sept. 7-8, that Japan will support Taiwan’s participation in the next round of negotiations.
Chang said that during the two-day APEC meeting, Duh took time to hold bilateral talks with delegates from the United States, New Zealand and Japan, expressing Taiwan’s interest in joining the TPP. [FULL STORY]