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Taiwan's envoy to U.S. positive about Tsai-Trump call

ROC Central News Agency

2016/12/04 15:35:23

New York, Dec. 4 (CNA) A recent phone call between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump marked significant progress in Taiwan-U.S. relations, Taiwan's Representative to the United States Stanley Kao (高碩泰) said on Saturday.

The phone conversation, which took place on Dec. 2 and lasted for a little over 10 minutes, was 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.

"The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency. Thank you!" tweeted Trump.

In response to the phone call, Kao said on Saturday during a gathering in New York for U.S-based Taiwanese groups that Taiwan-U.S. relations have achieved great progress in various areas and Taiwan's representative office in the United States hopes to continue promoting reciprocal ties with Washington on the basis of the Taiwan Relations Act, the Six Assurances and mutual trust.

The Taiwanese community in the United States also viewed the phone call positively.

Jerry Shiao, the president of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) of New York, said the conversation shows the importance Trump attaches to Taiwan and Taiwan-U.S. relations, adding that he hopes the U.S. will continue to help Taiwan defend itself and two-way trade between Taiwan and the U.S. will continue to grow.

Lauding Trump as a shrewd businessman, Shiao said that the phone call between Trump and Tsai will help improve relations on many fronts and promote people-to-people friendship.

Shiao also said that the U.S. is the Republic of China's (Taiwan) most potent ally and the conversation has laid a solid foundation for the future development of Taiwan-U.S. relations and bilateral cooperation.

(By Timothy Huang and Evelyn Kao)
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