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Taiwan-U.S. ties 'solid' despite flag-raising incident: U.S. official

Taiwan-U.S. ties 'solid' despite flag-raising incident: U.S. official

Washington, D.C., Jan. 21 (CNA) A White House official said Wednesday that he believes the unofficial ties between Taipei and Washington remain solid despite the controversy over Taiwan's representative to the U.S. raising the Republic of China flag in Washington in a high-profile New Year's Day ceremony. "We've just gone through a difficult period; hopefully, we can move past it," National Security Council Senior Director for Asian Affairs Evan Medeiros said after a seminar at a think tank. However, he added pointedly that "nobody likes being taken for granted" -- likely a reference to Taiwanese representative Shen Lyushun's (???) choice not to inform U.S. officials of the plan to raise the flag at Twin Oaks, which was the official residence of ROC ambassadors from 1937 until Washington and Taipei broke diplomatic ties in 1978. The moved triggered protests from the U.S., which said it was "disappointed" and called for Taiwan to ensure the controversial move is not repeated. All the same, Medeiros said that he believed "the fundamentals of U.S.-Taiwan relationship are solid." (By Tony Liao and Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2021-09-21 22:18 GMT+08:00