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U.S. lucky to have Taiwan as an ally: New York mayor

U.S. lucky to have Taiwan as an ally: New York mayor

New York, Aug. 12 (CNA) New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday after an hour-long breakfast meeting with Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou that the United States was very lucky to have an ally like Taiwan. Ma arrived in New York Sunday for a three-day transit stop en route to a five-nation diplomatic tour that will cover Paraguay and Taiwan's four allies in the Caribbean. Accompanied by his aides, Bloomberg arrived at Sofitel Hotel at around 7:30 a.m. to have breakfast with Ma and his entourage. Describing the meeting as great, Bloomberg said people tend to be all smiles after this kind of encounter. Bloomberg also made mention of the many Taiwanese immigrants in the U.S., especially in New York, and said they have promoted cultural, culinary, linguistic and religious exchanges. Ma last met with Bloomberg in New York in 2006 when he concurrently served as Taipei mayor and chairman of the then-opposition Kuomintang. After his breakfast meeting with Bloomberg, Ma visited the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in lower Manhattan to remember the victims of the infamous terrorist attack in 2001. During his visit, the president was given a briefing on the museum's design concept. Ma was later scheduled to pay a visit to the New York University School of Law, where he earned his master of laws degree in 1976. It was during his time at the law school that he met his future wife Chow Mei-ching. The president's transit stop in New York was his first in the city en route to an official visit of Taiwan's allies since he took office in May 2008. He will remain in the city until Aug. 13, when he heads to Haiti, the first stop on his international tour that will also take him to Paraguay, Saint Christopher and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. While in New York, Ma will meet House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce and the committee's ranking member Eliot Engel. In Taipei, Stephen Chen, a former Taiwan representative to the United States, said Ma's transit stop in New York and the courteous treatment he received indicated the upgraded mutual trust between the two sides. (By Tony Liao, Angela Tsai, Jay Chen and Sofia Wu)


Updated : 2021-01-18 11:41 GMT+08:00