Taiwan, US, Japan lawmakers in first trilateral strategy forum

July 29, 2021

TAIPEI -- Lawmakers from Taiwan, Japan and the US participated in the inaugural meeting of a trilateral strategic dialogue on July 29. Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said the trilateral strategy forum aimed at deepening co-operation and strengthening ties between Taiwan, Japan and the U.S.

The event was initiated by Japan-ROC Diet Members' Consultative Council Chairman, Keiji Furuya. High-profile participants included Legislative Yuan President, You Si-kun, U.S. Senators Bill Hagerty and Ed Markey, U.S. Representative Steve Chabot, and former Japan Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.

 You said Taiwan was on the front line of China's authoritarian expansionism, and that deeper alliances with the U.S., Japan and other democracies -- spanning such areas as diplomacy, the economy and the military -- were critical to defending peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific.
MOFA said the participants agreed on the importance of expanding multilateral co-operation to maintain cross-strait security, and continuing the forum in coming years. They also agreed to support Taiwan's bid to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
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