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Taiwan president-elect's visit request under consideration: U.S.

ROC Central News Agency

2008-03-29 12:26:49

    Washington, March 28 (CNA) The U.S. government is still considering a request by Taiwan's President-elect Ma Ying-jeou to visit the United States before his May 20 inauguration, a U.S. State Department official said Friday. "Any U.S. decision will be consistent with the unofficial nature of our relationship with Taiwan and with our one-China policy based on the three communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act, " said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack during a daily news briefing.

    During a Monday meeting with American Institute in Taiwan Taipei Office Director Stephen Young, Ma raised the possibility of visiting the United States before he is sworn in.

    Also on Monday, a senior State Department official told the media that the U.S. government had not changed its principles in dealing with requests by Taiwan leaders to visit the United States.

    These principles include that the visit should be private and unofficial and would be arranged with consideration for the travelers' convenience, comfort, safety and dignity, the official said.

(By Chiehyu Lin and Y.F. Low)



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