Taiwan to be briefed on Trump-Xi talks

GIRDING ITS LOINS:An official said the National Security Council and other agencies have been meeting to brainstorm possible scenarios for this week’s talks and solutions

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 04, 2017
By: Chung Li-hua / Staff reporter

The US has agreed to brief Taiwan before and after US President Donald Trump’s

This combination photograph shows US President Donald Trump, left, in Washington on Tuesday last week, and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Feb. 22 in Beijing. Photo: AP

meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) in Florida on Thursday and Friday, a national security official said yesterday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the US government has explained its policy arrangement to Taiwan on multiple occasions and has promised to give Taipei a report after the Trump-Xi meetings.

The briefing is to be made either by American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James Moriarty to President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in Taipei, or by US government officials to representatives of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington, the official said.

The timing of the Trump-Xi meeting suggests that Xi intends to use it as proof of solid Sino-US ties in the run-up to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) 19th National Congress this fall, the official said.    [FULL  STORY]

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