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Taiwan-Japan ties seen to grow

Taiwan-Japan ties seen to grow

While the political situation in Taiwan is in turmoil, Shinzo Abe became the president of Liberal Democratic Party on Sep. 21st, and was elected Prime Minister by parliament on Sep. 26th. No comments were made by the press or governmental institutions in Taiwan upon this historic moment, a moment to develop the Japan-Taiwan relationship.
Abe has been friendly to Taiwan all the time. At the early stage when Lee Teng-hui was the president, he was repeatedly invited for visits here as a deputy of the Diet. Abe, who shows no good will to China, helped Taiwan a lot officially and personally. Former President Lee’s visits to Japan and his recent visit to Tokyo were made possible by Abe’s active assisstance.
After the opposition DPP became the ruling party, substantive relationship between Taiwan and Japan allows for higher expectation by virtue of the good relationship between the government and Abe, and the professional expertise of Taiwan’s general and deputy representatives accredited to Japan.
Without diplomatic relations between Taiwan and Japan, Abe has limited room in handling the China problem. However, the Taiwan-Japan relations should have a more delicate, solid and practical development under Abe, named as the most friendly-to-Taiwan prime minister ever for his acquaintance and contact with Taiwan.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs should make Taiwan-Japan relationship its first priority this year by launching measures to promote diplomacy, trade, or cultural exchange, and making sure not to miss such a great moment.


Updated : 2021-03-03 11:03 GMT+08:00