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Ex-U.S. official calls on Taiwan foreign minister

ROC Central News Agency

2016/12/09 16:29:01

Taipei, Dec. 9 (CNA) A member of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's transition team called on Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維) Friday and the two exchanged views on the challenges facing Taiwan.

Stephen Yates, deputy national security advisor to former Vice President Dick Cheney, said that he and Lee had a lengthy conversation that touched on the challenges facing Taiwan and what the United States, as a friend of Taiwan, can do for the country.

They also exchanged views on trade and national defense, as well as the creation of jobs for Americans -- issues that were in focus during the U.S. presidential campaign over the past year.

Yates was one of those responsible for including the "Six Assurances" given to Taiwan by former U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1982 and the inclusion of the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act in the Republican Party's platform at its national convention in July this year.

He arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday for a private visit and met with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) the following day.

(By Tang Pei-chun and Lilian Wu)
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