President Tsai Ing-wen met with Japanese Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader candidate Sanae Takaichi in an online meeting on Monday. Takaichi is one of four people vying to be LDP president. The position will be put to a vote on September 29. The winner will succeed current LDP President Yoshihide Suga, and is likely to become Japan’s next prime minister.
During their meeting, Tsai Ing-wen said that Taiwan and Japan have become very important partners. She says the world faces diplomatic and strategic challenges, which will be very challenging for world leaders to overcome. Tsai says that both Japan and Taiwan occupy a vital geographic location. That’s why the two countries need to strive for regional peace and stability together.
Takaichi says she “completely agrees” with Tsai’s assessment. She says the Taiwan-Japan relationship has grown significantly in recent years, and she hopes strong ties will continue.
Tsai Ing-wen also asked for Takaichi’s support for Taiwan to join the international Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
Takaichi said there are hurdles to including Taiwan in the CPTPP, but she fully supports Taiwan’s participation. Takaichi says she also supports Taiwan’ s inclusion in UN bodies like the World Health Assembly, the International Civil Aviation Organization, and INTERPOL.