‘Poking the bear!’ says the narrator. As historic talks are planned, Japan and Taiwan risk provoking China’s wrath.


‘Poking the bear!’ says the narrator. As historic talks are planned, Japan and Taiwan risk provoking China’s wrath.

The narrator exclaims, “Poking the Bear!” Japan and Taiwan risk incurring China’s wrath by holding historic discussions.

JAPAN and Taiwan are set to hold security talks, called “poking the bear” by a King’s College London associate professor.

Professor David Roberts, a security, international policy, and politics expert, dubbed the upcoming discussions “Poking the Bear” on Twitter. Japan’s and Taiwan’s leading parties will meet on Friday for the first-ever bilateral talks between the two nations. Masahisa Sato, a foreign affairs senator for Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, told the Financial Times that closer cooperation between the two countries was necessary since Taiwan’s future will have a “serious impact” on Japan’s security and economy.

Mr Sato stated, “That is how crucial we believe the situation in Taiwan is right now.”

The negotiations between the two countries will take place through the internet.

The details of the meeting were made public during US Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to Singapore, during which she scolded China for its aggressive behavior against its neighbors.

Ms Harris continued, “Beijing continues to compel, intimidate, and make claims to the vast majority of the South China Sea.”

She went on to call China’s claims “illegal,” saying that “in the face of these threats, the US stands with our allies and partners.”

The meeting will function as a stand-in for ministerial talks because Japan and Taiwan have no diplomatic connections.

Mr Sato added that the LDP aims to hold higher-level meetings with Taiwanese government officials in the future.

The conversations take place as US and Japanese military officials undertake thorough planning for a future conflict between China and Taiwan.

Tokyo also linked Taiwan’s security to its own in a recently released defense white paper.

For virtual meetings with Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party, Mr Sato will be joined by Taku Osaka, another LDP parliamentarian.

According to the Financial Times, Mr Sato has offered joint training in natural disaster and maritime accident rescue operations as a way to deepen ties with Taiwan while maintaining Tokyo’s long-standing policy of avoiding forming a direct military alliance with Taipei.

Taiwanese lawmakers have expressed satisfaction with Japan’s increased focus on the country’s security concern.

One of the Taiwanese organizers said, “The initiative for these talks came from.” News from the Brinkwire


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