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Taiwan seeks mechanism to work with the US, Japan

CNA , TAIPEI

The government is pushing for the establishment of a regular high-level communication and dialogue mechanism with the US and Japan, Presidential Office Secretary-General Yu Shyi-kun said yesterday.

Yu added that the establishment of this mechanism "has not yet matured."

Taiwan and Japan have had close exchanges, but a common communication platform between Taiwan, the US and Japan is lacking, he said.

Second phase

Yu also touched on the government's promotion of "second phase" constitutional reform, as well as positive developments in Taiwan-US relations.

He pointed out that China's military expansion, its enactment on March 14 of the "Anti-Secession" Law targeting Taiwan and its recent joint military exercises with Russia were all factors that had raised concerns around the world.

These developments had not only affected US strategic deployments around the globe, but also impacted on the interests of the US and Japan in the Asia-Pacific region, he said.

Common objective

Yu said that US and Japanese officials had listed the peaceful resolution of the "Taiwan issue" as a common strategic objective in a Security Consultative Committee meeting in Washington in late February.

He said that a new international situation and China's military threat had helped deepen Taiwan-Japan and Taiwan-US relations.

The government is in the process promoting a regular high-level communication mechanism with the US and Japan, Yu said.

He added that a regular security consultative committee meeting between Washington and Tokyo served as a communication mechanism.

Yu will travel to Japan tomorrow in order to attend the Taiwan-Japan Forum on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Dialogue

Although the forum is an unofficial dialogue mechanism between the two countries, it would help boost bilateral relations to a "para-alliance level" in regard to common values of democracy, freedom and peace, and was therefore significant, he said.

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