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U.S. expresses support for president's cross-strait policy

ROC Central News Agency

2012/05/24 10:37:49

Washington, May 23 (CNA) The United States welcomes a warming of cross-Taiwan Strait ties and will support President Ma Ying-jeou's continued efforts to advance relations with China in his second term, a White House official said Wednesday.

Washington also hopes for a continued strong partnership on U.S.-Taiwan relations, Deputy Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said, describing the relationship between the two sides as "positive" over the last several years.

"So I think we're optimistic that we can continue to have a positive relationship with Taiwan in (Ma's) second term," Rhodes said in a press briefing on the G-8 and NATO summits, responding to a question on the outlook for U.S.-Taiwan relations during Ma's second four-year term.

On arms sales to Taiwan, Rhodes said the U.S. government always assesses the matter based on its long-standing security commitment to Taiwan.

"I can't say exactly when we'll make a decision on any potential future arms sales, but we'll certainly be looking at it in the context of what's necessary for us to fulfill those commitments," he said.

In a letter to Republican Senator John Cornyn last month, White House assistant Robert L. Nabors said the United States will consider a proposal to sell new fighter jets to Taiwan as one of the options to address the military imbalance across the Taiwan Strait.

(By Tony Liao and Y.F. Low)

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