FILE PHOTO: Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zabad Zarif in Tehran, Iran on August 22, 2021. Majid Asgaripur/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS/FILES
September 24, 2021
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said he welcomed Taiwan’s application to join this week’s trans-Pacific trade deal because of the islands with which China claims shared democratic values. Rice field.
Taiwan applied on Wednesday to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement (CPTPP) chaired by Japan this year, less than a week after China.
“I think Taiwan is a very important partner that shares core values such as freedom, democracy, basic human rights and the rule of law,” Mogi said during a visit to the United Nations in New York this week. Was told.
Mogi said Taiwan’s application should be scrutinized against the strict standards of trade agreements, but his remarks contrasted with the more cautious response of Japanese officials to China’s application. were there.
When asked about China’s possible entry into the trade deal, Finance Minister Taro Aso and the deputy prime minister last week expressed doubts, citing strict regulations on state-owned enterprises.
The initial 12-member agreement, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), was seen as a significant economic countermeasure against China’s growing influence. China opposes the signing of official treaties and associations by Taiwan as a sovereign state.
(Reporting by Kentaro Komiya, edited by Sam Holmes)
Japan cites “common values” and welcomes application of Taiwan’s trade agreement
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