Taiwan foreign minister seeks stronger Japan ties

Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu has expressed hope to further strengthen ties with Japan that shares the same values, due to concerns of escalating military pressure from China.

Wu spoke at an online news conference with the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo on Thursday.

He said China is using all possible means, including maritime militias that carry out operations at the order of the military, to raise tension in the South and East China seas and induce clashes.

Wu also criticized Beijing for luring or pressing Taiwan's allies to lean toward it by offering China-made vaccines and resources to cope with the pandemic.

He expressed hope to work with Japan. Wu said Taiwan and Japan have the common values of freedom, democracy, human rights protection and the rule of law. He added, "Over the years, we have proven to be friends in times of trouble."

The minister was asked whether Taiwan will take part in the Tokyo Olympics. Wu responded, "Our athletes will also have an opportunity to participate in the Games."