He warns that if a pro-unification party wins the election, Asia’s stability and balance of power will be affected
By: Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Former Premier William Lai (賴清德) met with three of Japan’s former prime ministers on Friday (May 10) – Yoshihiko Noda(野田佳彥), Yoshirō Mori (森喜朗) and Toshiki Kaifu (海部俊樹) – during his trip to the country.
Lai’s office put out a press release on Saturday (May 11) stating that Noda and Lai talked about Taiwan-Japan and cross-strait relations. Lai told Noda that if a pro-unification party wins the election next year, Taiwan will tilt toward China and offset the balance and security of Asia.
Lai also asked for Noda’s support for Taiwan to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
When meeting with Kaifu, Lai thanked him for his past efforts to strengthen Taiwan-Japan relations. Kaifu visited Taiwan and met with then-President Chiang Ching-kuo back in the days. Though no longer working in any political post, Kaifu still pays attention to Taiwan affairs and encourages parliamentary exchanges between the two countries.