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U.S. yet to respond to Chen's transit request: foreign minister

U.S. yet to respond to Chen's transit request: foreign minister

Minister of Foreign Affairs James Huang said Monday the United States has yet to respond to Taiwan's transit requests and reports of rejection by the media are purely speculation.
Huang made the assertion after swearing in new ambassadors and representatives to be based abroad. Chinese-language media have claimed that the U.S. will not allow President Chen Shui-bian to make transit stops on its mainland en route to Central America later this month, displeased at Chen's plan to call a referendum on whether the country should seek to join the Untied Nations under the designation of Taiwan.
Huang said it is too early for the media to draw the conclusion as the U.S. has not answered Chen's transit requests. The minister said he believed the U.S. will handle the matter in keeping with the protocol of comfort, convenience, safety and dignity.
The U.S. has voiced opposition to the UN referendum plan, warning it may escalate tensions across the Taiwan Strait while having no practical impact on the island's UN status. But Chen has said he will press ahead with the vote to show the world of Taiwan people's desire to be included in the international community.
Huang also denied media reports that Australia turned down the proposed attendence to the upcoming Asia pacific Economic Conference there by former vice premier Tsai Ing-wen, saying the government has yet to name a delegate.
The media said Beijing thwarted Tsai's attendance to punish her portrayal of cross-strait ties as special state-to-state in nature.


Updated : 2021-10-22 22:23 GMT+08:00