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Japan welcomes Taiwan’s application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal (CPTPP), Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told reporters Thursday from New York.

Describing Taiwan as an “extremely important partner of Japan” that shares basic values such as the rule of law, Motegi said Tokyo will respond to the island’s bid to join the 11-member CPTPP “based on a strategic point of view and with the public’s understanding.”

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