Senior US Official Embarks on Visit to Taiwan to Reaffirm US Support
A senior U.S. official will head to Taiwan for what State Department officials say is to "reaffirm long-standing U.S. policy toward and support for Taiwan." Alex Wong, deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, is scheduled to visit Taiwan March 20-22 after meetings in Singapore. While in Taiwan, Wong will deliver remarks at the American Chamber of Commerce's annual Hsieh Nien Fan dinner, an opportunity for the American business community to meet with Taiwanese officials to facilitate further interaction in the year ahead. Wong will also hold discussions with Taiwanese officials on a wide range of matters, according to the State Department. "It makes sense that the Trump administration is willing to strengthen ties with Taiwan. No one should be surprised," Bonnie Glaser, director of the China Power Project at Center for International and Strategic Studies, told VOA on Monday. "China's growing political, military, and economic pressure on Taiwan is a threat to Taiwan's security and harmful to U.S. interests." Wong's visit will come just days after U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Taiwan Travel Act. The legislation encourages unrestricted two-way travel for officials from the United States and Taiwan. It is also seen as a move to facilitate direct official U.S. contacts with the self-ruled island, which were cut in 1979 when Washington switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. The informal relations between the United States and Taiwan are governed by the Taiwan Relations Act that was passed by Congress in April of 1979. As part of the deal, the United States imposed unwritten rules, including prohibiting higher-level American officials from meeting with their Taiwan counterparts, and preventing top Taiwan officials from coming to Washington, D.C. According to the Taiwan Travel Act, relations between the United States and Taiwan “have suffered from a lack... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Senior US Official Embarks on Visit to Taiwan to Reaffirm US Support, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: VOA NEWS - Tuesday, 20 March, 2018
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