Transit stop uncertainty clouds Tsai trip

The China Post
Date: December 21, 2016
By: Yuan-Ming Chiao

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Foreign Ministry confirmed Tuesday that President Tsai Ing-wen would embark next month on a tour of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies in Central America, but it refused to reveal the location of transit stops likely to take place in the U.S.

Tsai and her delegation is expected to make both a stopover en route to Latin America and another on her return trip to Taiwan. Deputy Foreign Minister Javier Ho said at a press conference at the Presidential Office that the precise location of the transits would be announced next week.

Asked whether the decision not to reveal the transit stops were because of political “pressure” from mainland China, Presidential Office Spokesman Alex Huang denied the assertions, saying that the work process required time to complete.

Previous reports indicated that Tsai would make transit stops in Houston and San Francisco.

Earlier this month, the ministry dismissed claims that Tsai was planning a stopover in New York, where media speculated that she would meet with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s senior advisers.    [FULL  STORY]

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