(Yomiuri Shimbun 読売新聞 http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/world/T110722004765.htm)
"T'áiwān 台灣 President Ma Ying-jeou (Mǎ Yīngchiǔ) 馬英九 has called for a Japan-T'áiwān partnership to help penetrate fast-growing Chinese markets.
Ma expressed high hopes of future economic deals between Japan and T'áiwān such as an agreement on mutual protection of investment.
'Economic cooperation between Japan and T'áiwān could be more systematized,' Ma said in an interview with Shoichi Oikawa, an executive adviser to The Yomiuri Shimbun, at the presidential office in T'áipěi 台北 on Thursday.
T'áiwān companies are versed in Chinese markets while Japanese firms boast high levels of technology, Ma said of the two sides' respective strengths.
'If [Japan and T'áiwān] jointly go into the markets, we're more likely to succeed,' he said.
In June last year, China and T'áiwān signed the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement 海峽兩岸經濟合作架構協議, equivalent to a free trade deal. If cooperation with T'áiwān firms is strengthened, Japanese companies likely will find it easier to enter Chinese markets.
There has already been evidence of this: A Japan-T'áiwān partnership helped Japanese companies enter Chinese markets in information and telecommunications technology and machine tools fields...
Meanwhile, Ma appeared to highly regard the Japan-U.S. alliance. 'In the past 60 years, it has served as a foundation for stability in East Asia,' he said.
Since he assumed the presidency, Ma has called on Japan to exhibit art works from T'áipěi's National Palace Museum 故宮博物院 as part of the two sides' cultural exchange, saying: 'Although [such an exhibition] was held in the United States, Japan has yet to have one. We're hoping Japan will hold it in 2013.'"
While making this stance clear in an interview with two major Japanese newspapers Yomiuri Shimbun and Nihon Keizai Shimbun 日本経済新聞, Ma also expressed his hope that the sovereignty dispute over the uninhabited island group can be resolved through peaceful dialogue with Japan...
The (Yomiuri) recalled that shortly after Ma took office in May 2008, nine Taiwanese patrol ships and private protest vessels entered Tiàoyút'ái waters. At the time, the Yomiuri said, the Ma administration adopted an apparently strong attitude toward the issue.
But Ma later softened his stance and seriously considered steps to strengthen relations with Japan as he came to understand that frayed ties would do no good to Taiwan's security and economic well-being, the Japanese daily observed."