Taipei mayor affirms importance of exchanges between Japan and Taiwan

Taipei Mayor Chiang Wan-an from Taiwan's largest opposition party, the Kuomintang, has visited the headquarters of Japan's main ruling Liberal Democratic Party in Tokyo.

The mayor is the great grandson of Chiang Kai-shek, who fled to Taiwan after being defeated by the Chinese Communist Party in a civil war in China.

He is seen as a rising star in the Kuomintang, which is seeking to regain the Taiwanese presidency.

Chiang arrived in Japan on Wednesday. In the afternoon, he met the director of the LDP's Youth Division, Suzuki Takako. The division serves as a liaison office for Taiwan.

Suzuki said there are expressions such as economic security and food security, but what is the most important for national security is peacetime exchange and preparation. She noted it is the same with human relationships.

Chiang expressed his hope of working together to lay the path for the future.

The two sides confirmed the importance of continued exchanges between Japan and Taiwan.

Chiang also met with LDP Vice-President Aso Taro.

Suzuki later told reporters that peacetime exchanges between Japan and Taiwan would contribute to peace and stability in East Asia and the world, as international affairs are becoming increasingly unclear and complex.