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Envoy expresses hopes of improving Taiwan-U.S. ties

ROC Central News Agency

2012/12/25 22:21:36

Taipei, Dec. 25 (CNA) Taiwan's representative to the United States King Pu-tsung said Tuesday that the relationship between Taiwan and the U.S. is at its best in nearly 30 years and that he hopes to help further deepen bilateral ties.

In addition to continuing to push for the resumption of talks under the Taiwan-U.S. Trade and Investment Framework Agreement, King will also seek to deepen relations while the U.S. begins to step up its focus on the Asia-Pacific region, he said in a written report.

The report was delivered to the Legislative Yuan Tuesday, one day before King was scheduled to speak at the Legislature's Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee.

King said he will also seek U.S. support for Taiwan's participation in the regional trade grouping, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

He said Taiwan and the U.S. have successfully created mutual trust and tightened bilateral ties, citing as examples Taiwan's inclusion this year in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, the United States' assistance for Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization and the U.S. House of Representatives' support for Taiwan's bid to participate in the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, outgoing U.S. secretary of state, has also called Taiwan 'an important security and economic partner' of the country, King added.

He expected the recently re-elected U.S. President Barack Obama to continue the policy of rebalancing foreign relations with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

However, he noted that as Clinton and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt M. Campbell, who helped create the rebalancing policy, will both leave office soon, Taiwan should closely observe how their successors will implement the policy.

King, who arrived in Washington on Dec. 1 to take up his post, said that in the past three weeks he had attended two charity events on behalf of the government and called on U.S. officials, think tanks, foreign envoys to the U.S., and leaders of Taiwanese expatriate groups.

(By Chen Shun-hsieh and Jamie Wang)

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