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New LDP policy chief Takaichi supports Taiwan's CPTPP bid

Conservative firebrand sides with Taipei in face of Chinese opposition

Sanae Takaichi expressed support for Taiwan as a "partner with shared values." (Photo by Kai Fujii)

TOKYO -- The new chair of the Japanese ruling party's powerful Policy Research Council said Tuesday that she will back Taiwan's application to join the 11-nation CPTPP trade pact.

"I will support Taiwan's efforts as a partner with shared values," Sanae Takaichi said in a meeting with party lawmakers.

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