Taipei--President Tsai Ing-wen (???) on Tuesday expressed her gratitude on Twitter to Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief cabinet secretary, for voicing support for Taiwan's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Tsai posted a tweet saying that Suga's support has helped bolster Taiwan's confidence, and she reiterated her thanks for Japan's backing.
She also linked a report about Suga's statement from the Nikkei, a Japanese financial newspaper, to her twitter feed.
According to the Nikkei report published the previous day, Suga said at a press conference that he welcomed various countries and areas, including Taiwan, to participate in the TPP and that Japan will provide the necessary information to countries or areas interested in the TPP-11.
After the United States pulled out of the pact in January, the 11 countries that signed the TPP (TPP-11) agreed in May to proceed with the trade deal and bring it into force quickly.
Suga's statement came after Taiwan's Premier Lin Chuan (??) told the Japanese newspaper recently that Taiwan wished to join the TPP, even though the U.S. has withdrawn from the pact.