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President Ma receives visiting U.S. senator

President Ma receives visiting U.S. senator

Taipei, Aug. 13 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou received visiting United States Senator Tom Cotton at the Presidential Office Thursday, when they exchanged views on the promotion of bilateral ties between the two nations, as well as regional peace. Citing remarks made previously by former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton, incumbent Secretary of State John Kerry and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan A. Thornton, Ma reaffirmed that Taiwan-U.S. relations have reached the best conditions of the past 36 years since the two nations suspended their diplomatic relations in 1979. Citing the fact that the U.S. government had authorized arms sales of more than US$18.3 billion to Taiwan over the past seven years as an example, Ma said that Taiwan has been an important security and trade partner of the U.S. Ma also expressed Taiwan's willingness to join the second round of negotiations over signing the U.S. initiated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed trade agreement among Pacific Rim countries. Referring to the development of the cross-Taiwan Strait ties, Ma touted the noted progress achieved by his Administration over the past seven years based on the "1992 Consensus," a tacit agreement reached between Taiwan and China in 1992 that there is only one China, with each side free to interpret its meaning. "It is interesting that for the time being, all three presidential candidates for the next presidential elections have been in favor of the maintenance of the status quo of the cross-strait ties," Ma said. Meanwhile, Cotton lauded the peace initiatives in the East China and South China Seas presented by President Ma, which Cotton said, could be contributive to the promotion of regional peace and stability. He also promised to continue promoting relations between Taiwan and U.S. Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas who serves on the Senate's Banking Committee, the Intelligence Committee, and the Armed Services Committee, has been in Taiwan on a four-day visit. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Romulo Huang)


Updated : 2021-09-24 02:48 GMT+08:00