Taiwan and Japan Hold 2+2 Talks, Also Discussing Fukushima Food 台日2+2會談 討論外交.經濟.福島食品

The second "two plus two" talks between Taiwan and Japan's ruling parties took place to discuss diplomatic and economic issues. Both sides agree to hold regular dialogue in the future.


The "two plus two" talks between Taiwan and Japan's ruling parties, was originally expected to be an hour's video conference. It was extended by 40 minutes due to the heated discussions between the two sides. The Japanese representatives included Masahisa Sato, head of the Liberal Democratic Party's Department of Foreign Affairs, and Akimasa Ishikawa, head of the party's Department of Economics and Trade. The DPP was represented by legislators Lo Chih-Cheng and Chiu Chih-Wei. Lo said in the press conference after the meeting that Japan's LDP welcomes Taiwan's participation in the CPTPP. As for allowing imports of food from the Fukushima area, he emphasized the discussions should be based on scientific evidence.

Lo Chih-Cheng, Legislator (DPP): “This is a food safety issue and we must use a scientific basis as a focus of discussion. I don't think the two sides have any different views on this. I believe the Taiwanese people are also concerned that this is a food safety issue. But it should be based on science as an objective basis. There was no mention between the two sides regarding a timetable.”

According to Lo, Sato took out custard apples and Ishikawa took out mandarin oranges at the beginning of the meeting to show support for Taiwan's agriculture as both fruits are from Taiwan. Chiu also revealed that there will be more cooperation between Taiwan and Japan in the semiconductor supply chain in the future.

Chiu Chih-Wei, Legislator (DPP): “I think we must think from the perspective of national strategy regarding Taiwan and Japan's future cooperation in the semiconductor supply chain. Both sides agree to cooperate more in the semiconductor supply chain going forward. We agree there must be a complete architecture and system for semiconductors cooperation or other industries. All-round cooperation in industries that our two countries value and target.”

This is the second time that the DPP and the LDP have held "two plus two" talks. The last time was at the end of August this year when discussions on diplomatic and national defense issues were held. Both sides agree to hold regular dialogue in the future. 

 

 

 

台日執政黨「二加二」會談,原本預計一小時的視訊會議,由於雙方討論熱烈,延長了四十分鐘,日方與會代表包括自民黨外交部會長佐藤正久,以及經濟產業部會長石川昭政,民進黨由立委羅致政、邱志偉與會。羅致政在會後記者會中表示,日本自民黨歡迎台灣加入CPTPP,至於開放福島五縣市食品議題,他強調用科學依據來面對。

羅致政表示:「這是一個食安的問題,必須要用科學的基礎,來做為討論的一個焦點,我想雙方對這個是沒有任何不同看法,我相信台灣民眾,也關注這是一個食安議題,但是應該用科學做為依據,而且是一個客觀的依據,雙方之間並沒有提到,所謂開放的時間表。」

根據羅致政轉述,在會議一開始,佐藤拿出釋迦,石川拿出椪柑,都是來自台灣水果,要展現對台灣農業的支持。立委邱志偉更透露,未來台日半導體供應鏈,將會有更多的合作。

邱志偉表示:「台日雙邊未來在半導體供應鏈的合作,我想我們必須從國家戰略角度來思考,我們雙方都同意在未來,在半導體供應鏈有更多的合作,有一個完整的架構,有系統的針對半導體或者其他的,我們兩國重視的產業做全方位的合作。」

這是民進黨與自民黨第二度舉行「二加二」會談,上一次在今年八月底,當時就外交國防議題進行討論,這次則聚焦在外交與經貿議題,會中雙方都有共識,未來將常態而且定期對話。

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