Nov 27, 2016 Legal Comments Off on Japan delegation to arrive for trade and economic meeting
A group of Japanese officials are scheduled to arrive in Taipei Monday for an economic and trade meeting with their Taiwanese counterparts in the following two days, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and Council of Agriculture (COA) officials said Sunday.
A MOFA official said both delegations will exchange views on the meeting agenda Monday, and will not "touch on substantive issues" -- effectively denying some media reports that the two sides will be holding a preliminary meeting on inking an economic partnership agreement (EPA).
"We will express our interest in signing such an agreement with Japan, but that is a matter for higher level politicians to decide, not working level officials," said the MOFA official who declined to be named.
A COA official said when both delegations meet on Tuesday and Wednesday, the council's delegates will seek Japanese views on importing fruit from Taiwan and will not raise the issue of whether or not Taiwan will soon lift its ban on importing food from Japan's radiation-affected areas.
"We will be discussing with them quarantine and other issues related to Taiwanese fruit exports to Japan. If they raise the issue of exporting their food from radiation-affected areas to Taiwan, the Ministry of Health and Welfare will reply," said the COA official who asked for anonymity.
The meeting will be divided into general policy, agriculture and fishery, medical technology, and intellectual property panels, according to the official who noted that resuming talks on agriculture issues was a "good will gesture" from Japan to the Tsai Ing-wen administration which was sworn in in May.
Chiou I-jen (???), president of Taiwan's Association of East Asian Relations (AEAR) and his Japanese counterpart Ohashi Mitsuo, chairman of the Japan Interchange Association (JIA), will lead the delegations of their respective countries to the trade and economic meeting.
The AERA and JIA are quasi�-official organizations set up to handle bilateral affairs in the absence of official ties.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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