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Taiwan watchful as China's Hu begins U.S. visit

ROC Central News Agency

2011/01/18 17:39:51

By Garfie Lee and Flor Wang

Taipei, Jan. 18 (CNA) Relations among Taiwan, China and the United States are by no means a "zero-sum" game, and Taiwan hopes Washington will stand firm on its commitment to Taiwan as Chinese President Hu Jintao is set to begin a state visit to the U.S., the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.

Under the Taiwan Relations Act, the United States should continue selling defensive weapons to Taiwan so as to help it more confidently seek an improvement in cross-Taiwan Strait links and forge a "win-win-win" situation among the three sides, MOFA spokesman James Chang said at a regular news briefing.

Hu will arrive in Washington Tuesday and meet with U.S. President Barack Obama later in the day at the White House. He is due to return to China on Jan. 21 after stopping over in Chicago.

"The MOFA has kick-started a mechanism to closely monitor Hu's U.S. visit and exchange first-hand information between Taipei and Washington," Chang said.

Pro-Taiwan U.S. senators and house representatives wrote to Obama on Jan. 12 and Jan. 14, respectively, asking him to keep Taiwan's security and interests in mind when he meets with Hu.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Jan. 14 endorsed the historic Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement that Taiwan inked with China in June 2010, and urged the two sides to continue engaging in peace talks and working to reduce military tensions.



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