A delegation of Japanese lawmakers met with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Tuesday amid China's assertive actions in the Asia-Pacific region.

In the meeting with Keiji Furuya, the head of a cross-party group of legislators seeking to strengthen Japan-Taiwan relations, Tsai expressed appreciation for late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's declaration that a Chinese attack on Taiwan would constitute an emergency for Tokyo and the Japan-U.S. alliance.

Tsai said the international community must work together to counter the expansion and provocations of authoritarianism.