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NSC secretary-general visits Washington as exchanges heat up

ROC Central News Agency

2016/12/12 19:08:30

Taipei, Dec. 12 (CNA) National Security Council Secretary-General Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) recently visited Washington D.C. amid increased exchanges following a call between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, a local newspaper reported Monday.

In a front page report, the United Daily News said Wu, who served as the representative to the United States (2007-2008), has maintained close relations with U.S. officials, congressmen and think tanks, but it did not say what the purpose of his trip was or whom he came in contact with.

The Presidential Office would not confirm or deny if Wu, who was one of a few present during the Dec. 2 Tsai-Trump call, visited the United States.

It said only that the public should not speculate too much on the situation, given that Wu often travels between the United States and Taiwan.

The report also said that Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維) will arrive in San Francisco on Monday to preside over a meeting of foreign missions there.

Because President Tsai will make a transit stop in San Francisco on her visit to Central America next month, Lee is expected to help arrange her trip.

Meanwhile, although President Tsai said the conversation with Trump did not indicate a major policy change between Taiwan and the United States, several U.S. officials have come or will soon be coming to Taiwan.

President Tsai met with Matthew J. Matthews, deputy assistant secretary of state and U.S. senior official for APEC on Monday.

It was Matthews' third visit to Taiwan since assuming his position in June 2015, showing that the United States attaches great importance to cooperation with Taiwan on Asian and Pacific economic issues, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Also in Taiwan recently was Stephen Yates, an adviser to Trump's transition team and a deputy national security adviser to then-U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney from 2001 to 2005. He met separately with Tsai and Foreign Minister Lee during his stay between Dec. 3 and Dec. 11.

Wendy Sherman, a member of Hillary Clinton's team and a former deputy secretary of state, will attend a Taiwan-U.S.-Japan Trilateral Security Dialogue Conference in Taipei on Wednesday.

The conference was initiated by Taiwan in 2011, with the Foreign Ministry commissioning a local think tank to co-sponsor the event with think tanks from the United States and Japan.

(By Lilian Wu)
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