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Siew discusses TPP, food safety with Japanese prime minister

Siew discusses TPP, food safety with Japanese prime minister

Manila, Nov. 19 (CNA) Former Vice President Vincent Siew expressed his wish that Japan will support Taiwan's bid to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Manila Thursday.

Both Siew and Abe are attending the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum leaders' meeting Nov. 18-19 in the Philippine capital.

As a representative of President Ma Ying-jeou, Siew took the opportunity to hold talks with leaders from other countries.

During the meeting with Abe, Siew said that several agreements signed between Taiwan and Japan signify cordial relations. While expressing his appreciation for Abe's support, Siew said that for further cooperation in economics and trade, he hopes that Japan will support Taiwan's participation in the second round of TPP negotiations.

The two also touched on the issue of Taiwan's import restrictions on Japanese foodstuffs, stressing the need for further cooperation in ensuring food safety and reasonable controls on Japanese food exports to Taiwan.

Siew also briefed the Japanese prime minister on Ma's Nov. 7 meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Singapore, emphasizing the benefits of the peaceful development of cross-Taiwan Strait relations to security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

Siew also had brief encounters with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and U.S. President Barack Obama.

He was scheduled to hold a press conference later in the day after the conclusion of the APEC meeting, and was scheduled to fly home the following day. (By P.C. Tang and Lillian Lin)

Updated : 2021-09-18 16:46 GMT+08:00