Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party announced Tuesday that it welcomes Taiwan’s bid to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
Members of the party said that Taiwan is a partner that shares values with Japan in the areas of foreign affairs and security. They also expressed support for Taiwan’s bid to return as an observer at the World Health Assembly.
The party says that Japan must promote a free and open Indo-Pacific in order to uphold universal values such as freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. Therefore the party says Japan must cooperate with countries with common values, such as Taiwan.
Taiwan announced its bid to be admitted to the CPTPP in late September, only days after China filed its application for membership as well. This year, Japan chairs the CPTPP commission, which is the highest decision making body of the eleven-nation free trade pact.