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Taiwan, U.S. to hold senior-level strategic dialogue in Washington

Taiwan, U.S. to hold senior-level strategic dialogue in Washington

Washington, July 13 (CNA) The United States and Taiwan will hold high-level talks next week in Washington, D.C., American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Raymond Burghardt said Monday. He was referring to the "Monterey Talks," an institutionalized senior-level strategic security dialogue that was initiated in 1997. The annual event is usually held in the United States, but this year marks the first time the talks will take place in the U.S. capital, according to a source familiar with the matter. The source's remarks came after Burghardt said in a speech at the Brookings Institution earlier in the day that "next week, we have other meetings here in Washington with high-level Taiwanese officials," while speaking about close exchanges between the two sides. When asked about the issue by CNA, the AIT's Taipei Office would not confirm it. "Our robust unofficial relations are based on the Taiwan Relations Act. We don't discuss specific details of our interaction," said Joseph Bookbinder, a spokesman for the AIT, which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties. Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs also declined to comment. The Monterey Talks were initiated after the missile crisis in the Taiwan Strait between 1995 and 1996, during which China conducted a series of missile tests in waters surrounding Taiwan amid simmering tension across the strait. The U.S. military response to the crisis included sending two aircraft carrier battle groups to the region. Beginning in 1997, the Taiwan-U.S. strategic dialogues have enabled senior national security staff from both Taiwan and the U.S. to discuss issues of mutual concern. (By Rita Cheng and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-28 12:06 GMT+08:00