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Ma hopes for Japan’s support in membership to regional trade blocs

Staff writer, with CNA

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) expressed hope yesterday that Japan would support Taiwan’s bids to join regional trade blocs, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

Ma said that Taiwan is keen on joining the two regional trade blocs and hopes to get Japan’s support in joining them.

Japan has already joined the RCEP and is working to take part in the TPP.

Taiwan’s membership to the trade blocs would make economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region more effective and comprehensive, the president said during a meeting with Japan’s Interchange Association Chairman Mitsuo Obashi at the Presidential Office.

The association is the quasi-official body in charge of Japanese exchanges with Taiwan.

Ma said that since his last meeting with Obashi at the end of last year, bilateral relations have made steady progress.

The number of visitors traveling between Japan and Taiwan reached 3.76 million last year, setting a new high, Ma said.

He added that the number could reach 4 million this year.

A landmark fishery agreement between Taiwan and Japan on fishing rights in the two nations’ overlapping waters in the East China Sea also celebrated its first anniversary in April, Ma said.

He added that artifacts from the National Palace Museum are scheduled to tour Japan in September.

Japanese relations

‧ The number of visitors traveling between Taiwan and Japan reached 3.76 million last year, a new high.

‧ Ma expects that number to reach 4 million this year.

‧ In April, a landmark fishery agreement between Taiwan and Japan on fishing rights in overlapping waters in the East China Sea celebrated its first anniversary.

‧ A National Palace Museum exhibition is to tour Japan in September.


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