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Premier hopes for positive role for Taiwan in U.S. Asia policy

Premier hopes for positive role for Taiwan in U.S. Asia policy

Taipei, May 24 (CNA) Premier Lin Chuan told a visiting U.S. official Tuesday that Taiwan hopes to play a positive role in Washington's Asia policy through increased cooperative relations between the two sides.

During a meeting with Marcus Jadotte, U.S. assistant secretary of commerce for industry and analysis, Lin said that Taiwan has noticed the U.S.'s "Pivot to Asia" policy and has been thinking about what kind of role it can play in this.

"At the same time, we have also noticed that the U.S. has been in contact with Taiwan about various subjects," Lin said, adding that he hopes more communications between the two sides can be held in the future so that "through bilateral cooperative ties, Taiwan can play a positive role in the overall Asia strategy of the United States."

Jadotte was in town to exchange views with the Taiwanese authorities and businesses on web security, as well as on trade and investment ties between the two countries.

Earlier in the day, Jadotte spoke at the U.S.-Taiwan Cyber Security Forum and signed a Statement of Intent (SOI) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce with the Taipei Computer Association. The statement calls for both sides to explore ways to work together to counter cyber risks and make the Internet a safer place for individuals and businesses.

The SOI will also pave the way for closer cooperation and sharing of best practices and market research, which in turn will further enhance commercial ties and activities between the U.S. and Taiwan, according to a press release issued by the American Institute in Taiwan, which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic ties. (By Tai Ya-chen and S.C. Chang)