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Chen lauds value of Japan-Taiwan links

President speaks to congressional study group, emphasizes need to solidify bilateral relations

Chen lauds value of Japan-Taiwan links

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) yesterday said that based on the fact that Taiwan and Japan enjoy good bilateral relations, he hopes Japan can succeed soon in establishing an act similar to the Taiwan Relations Act.
Chen made the statement at the Presidential Office during a meeting yesterday with a group of Japanese who were in Taiwan on a congressional study tour.
The president noted that the total trade between Japan and Taiwan exceeded US$60 billion last year, with Japan enjoying a trade surplus of US$30 billion. Moreover, 1.11 million Japanese tourists visited Taiwan while 1.13 million Taiwanese traveled to Japan last year, Chen added.
"Taiwan, Japan, and the United States are the "best alliance of values and best trade and security partners, and Taiwan-Japan relations should not be regarded as less important than Taiwan-U.S. links," said Chen, stressing it is necessary for Japan to establish a bill similar to the TRA passed by the U.S. Congress in 1979.
"Peace across the Taiwan Strait and safety and stability in the Asia Pacific region is a shared interest among Taiwan, Japan, and the U.S.," Chen emphasized.
He noted that the Taiwan government not only pays a great deal of attention to Taiwan-China relations, but also voiced concern when North Korea conducted nuclear and missile tests this year.
"Taiwan has followed the United Nations' lead in imposing sanctions against North Korea and will fight shoulder to shoulder with Japan and America forever," Chen said.
The president added that while the North Korea nuclear problem is likely to be negotiated via the six-party dialogue mechanism, there is no platform for international participation or dialogue mechanism on the Taiwan-China peace issue.
He added that China has never renounced its threat to use force against Taiwan and noted that it passed an anti-secession law targeting Taiwan in 2005.
In addition, Chen said that the Chinese military has mapped out a three-stage warfare strategy against Taiwan, which includes deploying over 820 ballistic missiles along its southeastern coast targeting Taiwan, leaving the Taiwan people under a constant military threat.
It is tremendously disturbing that the Chinese military has planned to complete overall contingency combat readiness by 2007, complete large-scale combative preparedness against Taiwan by 2010, and complete its fight-to-victory capability by 2015, the president added.
"The situation worries me," Chen said.


Updated : 2021-06-21 03:08 GMT+08:00