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Taiwan's interests to be unaffected by Obama-Xi meeting: minister

Taiwan's interests to be unaffected by Obama-Xi meeting: minister

Taipei, Sept. 23 (CNA) Taiwan is expected to be discussed during a meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping (???), and Washington has pledged that Taiwan's interests will not be undermined, Taiwan's Foreign Minister David Lin (???) said Wednesday. Responding to lawmakers' questions on the meeting during a hearing of the Legislature's Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee, Lin said the U.S. has briefed Taiwan on issues related to the Obama-Xi meeting and will do so again after the meeting is held. Noting that issues related to Taiwan are expected to come up during the meeting, Lin said "the U.S. has given assurances that Taiwan's interests will not be undermined." The U.S. has reiterated that it remains committed to the Taiwan Relations Act and the three communiques and hopes that Taiwan will be free from any coercion from China, Lin said. On the issue of relations across the Taiwan Strait, Washington has said that the most important goal is to maintain peace and stability, Lin told lawmakers. Lin's remarks came after U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice said Monday that the fundamental interest of the U.S. is in peaceful and stable cross-strait relations, and Washington is against either side changing the status quo unilaterally. "The longstanding position of the United States is unchanged," she said. "We remain committed to our 'one China' policy based on the three Joint Communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act." "Our fundamental interest is in peaceful and stable cross-Strait relations, and we oppose unilateral changes to the status quo by either side," she said during a speech at George Washington University. In response, Lin said relations between Taiwan and the U.S. are at their best in over 30 years and he saw Rice's remarks more as a warning to China. Xi is scheduled to have a working dinner at the White House with Obama on Sept. 24 and hold a joint news conference with Obama a day later. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-01-27 10:19 GMT+08:00