President Tsai: no plans to talk directly to Japan’s new leader

Focus Taiwan
Date: 09/20/2020
By: Chen Chun-hua and Evelyn Kao

President Tsai Ing-wen (left) and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (right)/CNA, Kyodo News file photos

Taipei, Sept. 20 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Sunday she has no plans to talk to new Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga by phone as Suga may have hoped, but that Taiwan will maintain close communications with Japan.

The idea of direct contact was brought up by former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori on Friday in Taiwan during a meeting with Tsai, when he relayed a message from Suga saying he hoped to talk with her by telephone.

Tsai said Sunday after attending an urban renewal exposition in Taipei, however, that she did not discuss the issue with Mori and that there was no plan at the moment for a telephone call.

There is ongoing cooperation between Taiwan and Japan and discussions are held whenever an issue arises, and that will not change, Tsai said.    [FULL  STORY]

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