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Report of Tsai-Trump meeting called 'excessive speculation'

ROC Central News Agency

2016/12/04 17:19:23

Taipei, Dec. 4 (CNA) Taiwan's Presidential Office has denied that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will meet U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in New York during an overseas trip next month, characterizing a report on the prospect of such a meeting as "excessive speculation."

The office was commenting on a media report that Tsai could stopover in New York in January on her way to Nicaragua for a state visit.

The report claimed on Sunday that efforts are being made to secure a meeting between Tsai and members of Trump's team in New York, including Reince Priebus, who is the president-elect's chief of staff.

It also said a meeting between Tsai and Trump would not be ruled out if possible.

In response, the Presidential Office called the report on arrangements for Tsai to meet with Trump or members of his team "excessive speculation."

The itinerary of state visits made by the president or vice president are always made public as soon as they are confirmed, the Presidential Office said.

The speculation came after Tsai and Trump conversed by phone on Dec. 2, the first publicly reported call between a U.S. president or president-elect and a Taiwanese leader since 1979, when Washington switched recognition from Taipei to Beijing.

Nicaragua is one of just 22 countries that maintain diplomatic ties with Taiwan. China sees Taiwan as part of its territory and has vigorously obstructed any official contacts between Taiwan and other nations.

(By Sophia Yeh and Elizabeth Hsu)

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