DPP and LDP agree to strengthen their collaboration

The two sides agreed to collaborate on the chip supply chain, which would be a strategic effort to strengthen national security, a DPP lawmaker said.

  • By Jason Pan / Journalist

An agreement to strengthen collaboration in the semiconductor manufacturing industry was reached yesterday as the ruling parties of Taiwan and Japan held a second “two plus two” videoconference, during which Japan held a second “two plus two” videoconference. reaffirmed its support for Taiwan’s candidacy to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

The meeting focused on foreign affairs and economic policies, with MPs from the Progressive Democratic Party (DPP) Lo Chih-cheng (羅致政) and Chiu Chih-wei (邱志偉) taking part in Taipei, while the Liberal Party- Democrat (LDP) of Japan was represented by Head of Foreign Affairs Division Masahisa Sato and Head of Economics, Trade and Industry Division Akimasa Ishikawa.

At the start of the meeting, Sato held a sugar apple from Taiwan to express his strong support for the country’s agricultural products, Lo said, adding that at an event in Japan last week, Ishikawa held an orange from Taiwan. for the same reason.

Photo: Chien Hui-ju, Taipei Times

Taiwan is playing a leading role in advanced and mature processing technologies for chip production, while “the semiconductor industry has become a silicon shield protecting our nation,” Chiu said at a conference release after the meeting.

“It is also a priority concern for Japan, as IC chip shortages and supply chain disruptions have affected Japan’s economic development,” he said, adding that the two sides had agreed. bilateral collaboration on the chip supply chain, which would constitute a strategic effort to strengthen national security.

“Taiwan and Japan have a very close relationship in terms of history and good mutual friendship between our peoples,” he said. “The two countries also have close ties in business and commerce, regional geopolitical security, and regional economic development.”

The two sides agreed that collaboration in the semiconductor industry and its supply chain management would help build a more comprehensive framework and strengthen cooperation, Chiu said.

Quoting Sato, he said the Japanese Diet has passed legislation for 5G mobile network technology and is expected to introduce new legislation soon to strengthen the Japanese semiconductor industry.

Lo said there had been enthusiastic discussions on bilateral cooperation on foreign affairs initiatives and economic policies.

“The talks focused on the issue of Taiwan’s application for membership in the CPTPP,” Lo said. Congressman Sato made special mention that before the general election in Japan in October, the PLD had in its party platform that it would welcome Taiwan to join the trade bloc, but no mention of the intention of China to accede to it. “

“It is clear that the PLD has a policy of supporting and welcoming Taiwan to join the CPTPP … although we also discussed the challenges that need to be overcome for this decision,” he said, adding that ” the two sides have agreed not to reveal details regarding this matter to outsiders.

Yesterday’s meeting was the second virtual “two plus two” dialogue between the DPP and the LDP after a meeting in August, during which they discussed military and national defense issues.

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