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President arrives in Los Angeles en route back to Taiwan

President arrives in Los Angeles en route back to Taiwan

Los Angeles, Jan. 28 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou arrived in Los Angeles Thursday evening for an overnight transit stop en route to Taiwan after a diplomatic trip that took him to Honduras and the Dominican Republic.
During his 15-hour layover, Ma was expected to have telephone conversations with various American congressmen on matters of mutual concern, including the disputes over U.S. beef imports and Taiwan's bid for U.S. arms sales, sources close to Ma's entourage said.
On his way to Honduras to attend the inauguration of President Porfirio Lobo Sosa, Ma made a 26-hour layover in San Francisco during which he talked with 12 U.S. senators and representatives on the phone to seek their understanding of Taiwan's stance on barring imports of U.S. ground beef and bovine offal over concern among the public about mad cow disease.
Previous media reports said the Obama administration might soon announce the sale to Taiwan of a package of weapons, including UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles and material related to Taiwan's defense communications network.
On his arrival in Los Angeles, Ma was greeted by American Institute in Taiwan Chairman Raymond F. Burghardt and Taiwan's representative to the United States, Jason Yuan.
Ma will attend a dinner with Taiwanese expatriates in the couthern California area later in the day.
On Friday morning, he will have a breakfast meeting with U.S.
congressmen and politicians.
Before coming to Los Angeles, Ma made a brief stop in the Dominican Republic to deliver 10 tons of relief goods for neighboring Haiti which was struck by a magnitude-7 earthquake Jan. 12.
During the stopover, Ma outlined four projects to help with reconstruction in Haiti, saying Taiwan increase its aid donation to US$10 million. Taiwan pledged a US$5 million donation earlier this month.
Ma is scheduled to wrap up his fourth diplomatic trip and return to Taiwan Jan. 31.
(By Garfie Li and Sofia Wu)




Updated : 2021-05-06 07:08 GMT+08:00