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ROC president talks with U.S. officials during NY transit

ROC president talks with U.S. officials during NY transit

New York, Aug. 13 (CNA) In a flurry of "telephone diplomacy," Republic of China President Ma Ying-jeou spoke with Deputy U.S. Secretary of State William Burns, U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez and various other officials during his transit stay in New York, officials said Tuesday. Williams called Ma shortly after he arrived in New York Sunday on his way to South America and the Caribbean, said Raymond Burghardt, chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan. He did not divulge the content of their conversation. Other sources said, however, that their talk touched on many topics on U.S.-Taiwan relations. The other officials and members of the U.S. Congress who called Ma commended him on his policies on foreign and cross-Taiwan Strait affairs, noting that it is easier to criticize than to actually get things done, a source said. These callers included former Secretary of State Colin Powell and his deputy, Richard Armitage, a long-time supporter of Taiwan. Several other elected officials also went to see the president at his Manhattan hotel during his 37-hour transit, including congressmen Gregg Harper, Gregory Meeks and Eliot Engel. Taiwanese diplomatic sources described U.S. treatment of Ma during his transit stop as "friendly" and said more meetings have been scheduled during his stopover in Los Angeles on his way back to Taiwan. (By Tony Liao and Jay Chen)


Updated : 2021-06-16 05:27 GMT+08:00