Taiwan hosts visit by Japanese politicians amid tensions with China

Amid heightened tensions with China after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the self-governing island, Taiwan’s foreign ministry hailed the upcoming visit of Japanese politicians.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Friday welcomed Furuya Keiji, chairman of the Japan-ROC Diet Members Advisory Council, and the council’s chief secretary, Kihara Minoru’s upcoming visit to Taiwan, Taiwan News reported.

The two Liberal Democratic Party politicians will be in Taiwan from August 22 to 24 and meet with President Tsai Ing-wen to discuss improving defense mechanisms with the United States and share their views on the military exercise. live fire conducted by China.

They will also review plans to send a delegation of council members to attend Double Ten Day celebrations and participate in a meeting between lawmakers from Japan, the United States and Taiwan on regional strategic affairs, according to Kyodo News.

Furuya and Kihara will meet Vice President Lai Ching-te, Premier Su Tseng-chang, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly You Hsi-kun, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and President of the Taiwan Relations Association -Japan Su Jia-chyuan.

The pair will also stop at the Wuzhi Mountain Military Cemetery to pay their respects to the late former President Lee Teng-hui, Taiwan News reported.

At a time when authoritarian states are intent on invading and expanding overseas, provoking regional tensions and challenging the fundamental international order, democracies must come together to uphold the common values ​​of freedom and democracy, MOFA said.

Taiwan and Japan both belong to the global democratic camp and enjoy close friendship, the foreign ministry said, adding that Furuya and Kihara’s visit will help deepen substantive cooperation between Taiwan and Japan, Taiwan News reported. .

The Japan-ROC Diet Member Advisory Council has more than 260 national Diet members who have spared no effort to promote friendly exchanges between Taiwan and Japan for many years, MOFA said.

Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan this month sparked a new round of tension in the region. And since the visit of a US delegation, Beijing has launched large-scale military exercises in the vicinity of the island, which included live-fire exercises and military aircraft overflights near Taiwan airspace. .

China claims full sovereignty over Taiwan despite the two having been governed separately for more than seven decades. Taipei continues to counter Chinese aggression by strengthening its strategic ties with democracies, including the United States.

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