▲ Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato
Japan, which had raised doubts about China’s possibility of joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), welcomed Taiwan’s application for participation.
During the CPTPP participation negotiations, Taiwan expressed its intention to consult with Japan about the abolition of the Fukushima food import regulations, and it is noteworthy whether the two sides will reach an agreement in the form of a ‘transaction’.
According to Kyodo News, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said, “The agreement stipulates that the target of new membership is a country or an independent customs area” regarding Taiwan’s application for participation in the CPTPP. “He said at a press conference held at the Japanese Prime Minister’s residence on the 24th.
Kato welcomes Taiwan’s entry, adding that “I’d like to see if they are willing to properly meet the high standards of rulemaking.”
Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso said Taiwan is “an important partner who shares basic values” and that Taiwan’s application to participate “is something that Japan should welcome.”
The Japanese government’s response to Taiwan is in stark contrast to the response from China when it applied for participation.
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, who is visiting the United States, said at a press conference held in New York on the 22nd local time, “I would like to welcome Taiwan’s application for membership this time as a South Korea (Japan) first.”
At a press conference on the 17th, the day after China applied to join the CPTPP, he said, “We need to take a good look at whether China is willing to meet high standards first,” instead of expressing his welcome. It is necessary to respond well from a strategic point of view while consulting well.”