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Japan Ruling Party Lawmakers Back Taiwan Joining Trade Pact

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Lawmakers from Japan’s ruling party backed Taiwan’s entry into a Pacific trade pact meant to counter China’s influence, in the latest effort by Tokyo to bolster the democratically ruled island. 

Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers pledged to support Taiwan’s addition to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership during first-of-their-kind security talks with Taiwanese counterparts Friday. They also called on Taipei to help ensure that semiconductor giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. picks Japan as a site for a manufacturing hub, LDP lawmaker Taku Otsuka said.