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U.S. delegation upbeat about continued cooperation with Taiwan

ROC Central News Agency

2012/05/19 21:06:10

Taipei, May 19 (CNA) Former White House Chief of Staff William Daley said Saturday that he expects Taipei and Washington to continueeconomic and political cooperation in President Ma Ying-jeou’s second term.

The United States is looking forward to greater cooperation inthe areas of the economy, security and politics, Daley said at awelcome banquet for hundreds of foreign guests who are in Taiwan forMa’s inauguration Sunday.

“We wish the president well and wish in the next four years to continue the economic and political cooperation,” Daley said in a short interview with the local media.

However, he did not elaborate on the details of such cooperation.

Earlier in the day, Daley met with Premier Sean Chen, who said the discussion covered a wide variety of topics, including Taiwan’s wish to participate in the international trading blocs through free trade agreements.

Asked if Daley’s delegation had expressed support for Taiwan’s inclusion in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Chen said that "I believe they would” because it is in the interest of the United States.

Daley is heading a five-member delegation on a three-day visit, during which the group will call on Ma and Foreign Minister Timothy Yang.

The other members of the delegation are former Deputy Secretaryof State James Steinberg, former Director of Policy Planning in theState Department Anne-Marie Slaughter, American Institute in Taiwan(AIT) Chairman Raymond Burghardt, and former AIT Chairman andManaging Director Richard Bush.

The AIT represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic ties.

(By Nancy Liu)

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