Somalilandsun: Taiwan has committed to working closely with the European Union and Japan towards peace and stability across the strategic Taiwan straits .
This is per the Taiwan ministry of foreign affairs in reaction to a joint EU- Japan statement underscoring the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan strait that encourages peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues.
This comes after the 28th EU-Japan summit of 12 May 2022 in Tokyo, where the EU is represented by Charles MICHEL, President of the European Council, and Ursula VON DER LEYEN, President of the European Commission while host Japan is represented by Prkme Minister Fumio KISHIDA.
The summit provided an opportunity to display the increasingly deep and dynamic alliance between the EU and Japan in addition to availing the leaders of the EU and Japan to reaffirm their close and comprehensive partnership.
The statement read , “We the leaders of the European Union (EU) and Japan, reaffirm our close and comprehensive partnership based upon the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and Strategic Partnership Agreement, grounded in common interests and the shared values of freedom, respect for human rights, democracy, the rule of law, open, free and fair trade, effective multilateralism and the rules-based international order.
Upon discussing important global and regional challenges as well as bilateral relations the summit launched the Digital Partnership
The leaders of the EU and Japan strongly condemned Russia’s aggression and demanded that Russia immediately cease its military aggression on the territory of Ukraine
On Indo-Pacific region which engulfs Taiwan and wider ASEAN countries the EU-Japan Summit 2022 committed to
The EU and Japan also strongly condemned the continued unlawful testing of ballistic missiles by North Korea. The leaders called on North Korea to cease destabilising actions and to abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles of all ranges, together with and any other weapons of mass destruction, as well as related programmes.
The summit further committed towards enhanced cooperation thus ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region and fully support ASEAN‘s unity and centrality.
The leaders of the EU and Japan also remain seriously concerned about the situation in the East China Sea, including in the waters surrounding the Senkaku Islands and in the South China Sea, and strongly oppose any unilateral attempts to change the status quo and increase tensions that could undermine regional stability and the international rules-based order.
Furthermore, the EU and Japan will deepen their exchanges on China, notably with regard to political, economic and security dynamics, including on the situation in Hong Kong as well as on human rights, including in Xinjiang.
Read the full statement of the EU-Japan Summit 2022 HERE