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ROC flag-raising doesn't mean change in Taiwan-U.S. ties: official

ROC flag-raising doesn't mean change in Taiwan-U.S. ties: official

Washington, Jan. 5 (CNA) The New Year's Day flag-raising ceremony held by Taiwan at Twin Oaks Estate, the former residence of Republic of China ambassadors to the United States, did not indicate any change in relations between Washington and Taipei, a U.S. State Department official said Monday. The ceremony marked the first time the ROC flag was raised at the site since Washington switched recognition from Taipei to Beijing 36 years ago. Some people in Taiwan have seen the move as symbolizing a breakthrough in the Taiwan-U.S. relationship. When asked about the matter during a daily news briefing, however, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said "nothing has changed as it relates to our relationship." Psaki also said the ceremony "is not consistent with U.S. policy" and that Washington did not know about it in advance. "We remain fully committed to the U.S. one China policy, based on the three communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act. No U.S. government personnel attended the event in any capacity," she said. On the issue of medical parole for former President Chen Shui-bian, Psaki said the U.S. government has expressed concerns about Chen's health condition on many occasions but was not involved in the Taiwan government's decision to release him. In Taipei, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Anna Kao said Taipei has maintained smooth communications with Washington in recent years and made progress in bilateral exchanges in the areas of environmental protection, trade, culture and anti-terrorism. She said the two sides will build on the existing foundation and continue to strengthen their mutual trust and cooperation. (By Rita Cheng and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-22 16:20 GMT+08:00