No cutback in US official visits: MOFA

VISITORS STILL ARRIVING: A senior ministry official said trips by several US officials over the past few months were evidence that Taiwan-US relations are still sound

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 19, 2019
By: Lin Chia-nan  /  Staff reporter

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday said it has not received any information that US President

Department of North American Affairs Director Vincent Yao speaks at a news conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

Donald Trump has asked government officials not to visit Taiwan, and that continuing visits by senior US officials show that Taiwan-US ties remain tight.

The statement came in response to a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report on Monday that the Trump administration is divided over the impact a US$2 billion-plus arms sale to Taiwan could have on its efforts to reinitiate trade talks with China.

The newspaper cited three anonymous White House and administration sources as saying US officials are worried that Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) might use the arms deal as an excuse not to meet with Trump on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, later this month.

One of the sources told the WSJ that Trump had lashed out last year after hearing that US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Alex Wong (黃之瀚) had traveled to Taipei in March, asking officials what Wong was doing.

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