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Taiwan hoping to promote guidelines for ties with U.S.

ROC Central News Agency

2012/10/05 12:06:29

Washington, Oct. 4 (CNA) Taipei is working toward the goal of forging written guidelines with Washington for future bilateral relations now that the ties have been institutionalized, Taiwan's outgoing representative to the United States said Thursday.

Jason Yuan said the focus of his work over the past four years has been to deepen and institutionalize the substantial relations between Taiwan and the U.S.

Having accomplished that goal, Taiwan is now hoping to put forward written guidelines for bilateral interaction, he said.

"There are various signs that relations between the two sides have entered a certain level and matured," Yuan said upon his departure for Taiwan to take up his new position as secretary-general of the National Security Council.

The progress in bilateral relations is evidenced by the fact that homeland security officials were ready to meet with Taiwanese media after the announcement of Taiwan's admission to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, he said.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Defense published a photo of a recent visit to the Pentagon by Taiwan's Vice Defense Minister Andrew Yang, he noted.

According to Yuan, the exchanges between the national security agencies of Taiwan and the United States have been institutionalized and no longer need to be kept secret as in the 1980s.

He said Taiwan plays an important role in the United States' strategy to expand its presence in Asia and it will be "unrealistic" for Washington to continue to keep its contact with Taiwan under the table.

(By Tony Liao and Y.F. Low)

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