Taiwan not mentioned at Trump-Xi summit

(By Associated Press)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - As expected by some observers, nothing spectacular really happened during the Trump-Xi summit at Mar-a-Lago, and the meeting gave the Taiwan government some comfort as the island country was reportedly never mentioned during and after the talks, nor was a rumored “fourth communiqué” signed between the two leaders that would hurt the US-Taiwan relationship.

Instead, a strike against Syria approved by U.S. President Donald Trump ahead of the meeting stole the spotlight from the two-day summit.

The Taiwan government was said to be anxiously watching over the past few weeks as rumors have circulated warning that the two leaders could agree on a "fourth communique" that would bruise the bilateral relationship.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held a joint press conference following the summit to update the public on the key points mentioned by the two.

Tillerson said that the two had “positive and candid” talks, agreeing to broaden cooperation and to manage discrepancies out of mutual respect. He further explained that the two leaders have agreed to “establish a new framework for high-level negotiations on a range of issues.”

All three Cabinet secretaries used diplomatic language to describe the trading imbalance between the two countries, saying that the two recognized the “urgency of the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program” and will work together to resolve the issue peacefully.

No joint statement was issued following the summit. Chinese state media reported that Trump has accepted an invitation from Xi to visit China later in return for his hospitality.

Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said Saturday morning that the Taiwan government is pleased to see no surprise from the summit and the team will continue to prepare itself for unlikely scenario and to work with its friends in the Congress and think tanks to maintain good relations with the U.S. 

The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) also indicated that the summit is in line with the expectation without touching on politically sensitive cross-strait issues, declining to give any further comment, the Central News Agency reported.