Radio Taiwan International
Vice President Chen Chien-jen says that he looks forward to more communication and
mutual trust between Taiwan and Japan. Chen was speaking Tuesday while meeting a delegation from the Japan Restoration Party, a populist right-wing party.
Chen said that the recent renaming of Japan’s representative office in Taiwan was a positive development. The former Interchange Association, Japan changed its name to the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association.
The vice president said he hopes the two sides can soon sign an economic partnership agreement. He also said he hopes for greater communication and trust in maritime affairs. Fishing rights around Japan’s Okinotori atoll has been a thorny issue in recent times.
Chen said Taiwan hopes to play a more proactive role in regional security and trade in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as strengthening Taiwan-Japan and Taiwan-US relations. He also said Taiwan will continue to seek participation in international bodies including the International Civil Aviation Organization and the World Health Organization. [FULL STORY]