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New gov't to continue existing cooperation with allies: MOFA

ROC Central News Agency

2008-03-26 16:44:57

    Taipei, March 26 (CNA) President-elect Ma Ying-jeou has pledged that his incoming administration will continue existing cooperation projects with the country's diplomatic allies and honor the commitments made to them by the present administration, Minister of Foreign Affairs James Huang said Wednesday.

    Disclosing the information during an informal gathering with reporters, Huang said Ma's aides have requested that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) help pass on the message to the country's allies.

    On the possibility of a move by Beijing to lure away some of Taiwan's diplomatic allies after the presidential election to damage Taiwan's morale, Huang said the ministry will do its utmost to block any such attempts by China.

    In addition to damaging Taiwan, any such move by Beijing would also be negative for China in light of the fact that since his March 22 election, Ma has shown goodwill toward Beijing by offering to resume cross-Taiwan Strait dialogue under the principle that the two sides be allowed to interpret the meaning of "one China" in their own ways, Huang said.

    He said MOFA is also watching China's plans to sign a memorandum of understanding with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) that all affairs related to Taiwan be handled through Beijing, a situation that would further reduce Taiwan's international space.

    On Ma's plan to visit the United States and Japan before his May 20 inauguration, Huang said MOFA has not received any request from Ma for assistance.

    Ma raised the possibility of visiting the U.S. prior to being sworn in during a Monday meeting with American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Taipei Office Director Stephen Young.

    A U.S. State Department official confirmed the following day that Washington had received Ma's request and will make a decision on whether to approve it in accordance with the country's long-standing policy toward Taiwan and its "one-China" policy as conceptualized in the three U.S.-China joint communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act.

(By Y.F. Low)

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