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Taiwan-U.S. ties solid despite recent challenges: U.S. official

Taiwan-U.S. ties solid despite recent challenges: U.S. official

Taipei, Feb. 10 (CNA) Relations between Taiwan and the United States remain solid despite recent challenges, a visiting U.S. official told President Ma Ying-jeou Tuesday. The U.S. remains committed to the security and economic autonomy of Taiwan, Joseph R. Donovan, Jr. (???), managing director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), said in Taipei. Despite some recent challenges, Taiwan-U.S. ties remain solid, Donovan said, in what was seen as a reference to Republic of China Representative to the U.S. Shen Lyushun's (???) choice not to inform U.S. officials of his plan to raise the ROC flag at Twin Oaks in Washington in a high-profile New Year's Day ceremony. Twin Oaks, the former ROC Embassy until diplomatic ties with the U.S. were severed in 1979, is still owned by the Taiwan government and used for official functions. The move triggered protests from the U.S., which said it was "disappointed" and called for Taiwan to ensure that such controversial moves are not repeated.
Donovan also expressed condolences for the loss of life in the Feb. 4 TransAsia crash in Taipei and promised to offer assistance if needed. The U.S., meanwhile, looks forward to discussions on how to move forward on issues including regional economic cooperation and food safety while Economic Affairs Minister John Deng is in Washington, D.C. for a week-long visit, he added. Ma for his part noted the advances in Taiwan-U.S. economic ties as the U.S. economy recovered further last year, with the country becoming Taiwan's second-largest trade partner and Taiwan becoming the 10th-largest trade partner of the U.S. Two-way trade reached US$62.2 billion last year, up 7.8 percent from 2013, Ma added.
The president also expressed Taiwan's hope for U.S. sales of submarines.
(By Claudia Liu and Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2021-09-26 03:42 GMT+08:00