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INTERVIEW: Rep Wants Japan-U.S. Statement to Clarify Peace for Taiwan

INTERVIEW: Rep Wants Japan-U.S. Statement to Clarify Peace for Taiwan

   Tokyo, April 4 (Jiji Press)--Taiwan's chief representative in Japan has called for a commitment of Japan and the United State to maintaining peace on the island to be clarified in a joint statement at the Japan-U.S. summit meeting this month.
   A contingency in Taiwan "would by no means be someone else's problem" for Japan, Hsieh Chang-ting, head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan, said in an interview in Tokyo on Thursday.
   Hsieh welcomed the "two-plus-two" meeting of the Japanese and U.S. foreign and defense ministers held in Tokyo in March, in which the participants stressed "the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait."
   With the United States growingly concerned over a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan, a contingency surrounding the self-ruled island is expected to be taken up as a topic of the upcoming summit between Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and U.S. President Joe Biden scheduled for April 16.
   On the summit, Hsieh said, "I hope the planned joint statement will clarify the two countries' determination to stop China from changing the status quo by force or invading Taiwan and to maintain regional peace and stability."

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