Taiwan important partner: Japanese foreign minister
CNATAIPEI--Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida yesterday said Taiwan is an “important partner” of his country, as evidenced by the close economic ties and people-to-people exchanges between the two sides.
February 1, 2013, 1:01 am TWN
Kishida mentioned in particular the Taiwanese people's generous support and donations in the wake of a powerful earthquake that hit Japan in 2011.
The foreign minister's comments came with his congratulations to his country's Interchange Association, which handles Taiwan affairs, on its 40th anniversary.
The Japanese government expects that Taipei-Tokyo ties will continue to grow steadily in the future, Kishida said in a statement on the association's website.
Over the past few years, the Interchange Association — which represents Japanese interests in Taiwan in the absence of official diplomatic ties — and its Taiwanese contact window, the Association of East Asian Relations under Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, have succeeded in promoting bilateral ties, Kishida said.