Official optimistic on effect of Trump presidency for Taiwan

The China Post
Date: January 21, 2017
By: Joseph Yeh

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Amid global uncertainty over the presidency of Donald Trump, a top government official here expressed optimism regarding bilateral relations Friday, noting that many members of Trump’s team were friendly toward Taiwan.

A senior official who preferred to stay anonymous told local media that the R.O.C. government was optimistic regarding relations with the Trump administration, even as the new president could bring uncertainty and possible dramatic changes to U.S.-Taiwan relations.

The source said that although Trump had some innovative ideas, the U.S. president could not make the decision on cross-strait relations by himself, as a consensus must be reached within the American society.

A government is a team and many members of Trump’s camp are close to Taiwan, the source said. The Republican Party has been traditionally seen as more pro-Taiwan and anti-China, the source said.

“Therefore we can optimistically expect that the new Trump administration and congress would be quite friendly toward Taiwan.”    [FULL  STORY]

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