Taiwanese MP urges closer Aussie ties

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A senior Taiwanese politician has called for greater security and economic cooperation with Australia as his nation tries to counter China’s increasingly assertive military, the ABC reports.

“We need to cooperate with democratic countries,” the member of Taiwan’s governing Democratic Progressive Party told the ABC.

“If we can have more close cooperation that means benefits mutually for economy, security and capability.”

Diplomatically Australia does not formally recognise Taiwan as a sovereign state but has recently increased unofficial cooperation with Taipei in areas such as combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Some kind of cooperation in some areas would be a good direction for these two countries — we need a bilateral relationship,” Mr Wang said.

The full report is here.

 

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