Defence

USA-Japan-Taiwan form trilateral to check China’s territorial ambitions

By ET News

A new trilateral comprising India’s close partners is shaping up in the Indo-Pacific region to check China’s aggression and territorial ambitions.

Close on the heels of senior US officials visiting Asia including India, MPs from the US, Japan and Taiwan held an inaugural policy dialogue on Thursday to discuss Chinese expansionism in the Indo-Pacific region, with former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sounding the alarm on the threat to Taiwanese democracy.

“What happened in Hong Kong must never happen in Taiwan,” Abe said, referring to the Chinese crackdown on Hong Kong. “I find the unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the South China Sea and the East China Sea concerning.”

The trilateral strategic dialogue was hosted virtually by the Japan-Republic of China Diet Members’ Consultative Council. Abe is an adviser to the council.

Abe advised the US and Taiwan to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership for economic cooperation between the trio. He supported Taiwan’s bid to join the World Health Organization as an observer.

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