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Taiwan to closely watch Obama-Xi meeting

Taiwan to closely watch Obama-Xi meeting

Taipei, Sept. 24 (CNA) Taiwan is closely following a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping (???) to the United States and his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, a Taiwanese foreign affairs official said Thursday. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a task force to closely watch Xi's visit and collect related information, said Deputy Foreign Minister Bruce Linghu (????), in response to reporters'questions. Taiwan and the U.S. have been conducting close communication on the Obama-Xi meeting and the U.S. will brief Taiwan after the meeting is held, he said on the sidelines of a reception celebrating his promotion to deputy minister. His most recent post was as Taiwan's representative to Canada. Washington has reiterated the U.S. commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act and its policy will not be changed, Linghu said."We've also expressed our stance to the U.S. that Taiwan's interests cannot be undermined by U.S. engagement with China." Commenting on the Obama-Xi meeting, he predicted that there will be no "surprises," adding that Taiwan will continue to closely follow related developments and express its concerns to the U.S. at an appropriate time. Taiwan and the U.S. have maintained close, friendly relations and are each other's important security and economic partners, he said. As Taipei-Washington ties continue to grow, he said, the U.S. also has an interest in engaging with China. A day earlier, Foreign Minister David Lin (???) also said that issues related to Taiwan are expected to come up during the Obama-Xi meeting. The U.S. has given assurances that Taiwan's interests will not be undermined, he added. Obama is scheduled to hold a meeting with Xi at the White House on Sept. 25. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-04-18 02:51 GMT+08:00