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President Ma pitches for greater Taiwan-Japan cooperation

President Ma pitches for greater Taiwan-Japan cooperation

Taipei, Oct. 30 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Tuesday that Taiwan and Japan could further enhance ties and expand cooperation in a wide range of areas. Although the two countries do not have formal diplomatic relations, they have been close friends, Ma said, while receiving a visiting group from Japan. For example, a series of cooperation agreements signed last year in the areas of investment and aviation have generated positive results, the president said. In the January-August period of this year, the number of Japanese investors in Taiwan exceeded those from other countries, the president told the visitors. In addition, the number of flights between Taiwan and Japan during the same period rose to the highest in history, he said. Cultural exchanges have also expanded, Ma said, noting that Taiwan's National Palace Museum will host an exhibition in Japan in 2014 while Japan has agreed to display artwork from Taiwan. The cooperation between Taiwan and Japan could be upgraded to a higher level as long as the two countries are willing to work together, Ma said. The visiting delegation, led by Yasuhisa Shiozaki, a member of Japan's House of Representatives, was in Taipei for the opening of a calligraphy exhibition at National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. The visit is part of Japan's efforts to thank Taiwan for its relief assistance in the wake of a devastating earthquake and tsunami last year. (By Li Shu-hua and Maia Huang)


Updated : 2021-06-24 02:06 GMT+08:00