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Taiwan's diplomatic situation stable after Trump-Tsai call

ROC Central News Agency

2016/12/05 21:14:42

Taipei, Dec. 5 (CNA) Ties between Taiwan and its diplomatic allies remain stable after the Dec. 2 phone conversation between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, the Presidential Office said on Monday.

When asked if China will intervene in Taiwan's relations with its diplomatic allies, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said such speculation is not true.

"We had not obtained such information or intelligence, and at the moment our ties with other countries are stable. We are also continuing to enhance our relations with both our diplomatic allies and non-diplomatic allies," Huang said.

Huang also denied rumors that Tsai plans to visit Central America in January and make a stopover in the U.S.

The phone conversation between Tsai and Trump was the first publicly reported call between a Taiwanese leader and a U.S. president or president-elect since 1979, when Washington switched recognition from Taipei to Beijing.

The call has triggered waves of debate and speculation about whether this signals changes in relations among China, the U.S. and Taiwan.

Chou Mei-wu (周美伍), deputy director general of the National Security Bureau, said on Monday that it is not unlikely that the phone call would spur increased efforts by China to squeeze Taiwan's international space.

(By Sophia Yeh and Lee Hsin-Yin)

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