U.S. will not use Taiwan as bargaining chip: Foreign Minister Wu

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/10/04
By: Joseph Yeh

Taipei, Oct. 4 (CNA) Many of the senior officials in the administration of United States

Joseph Wu (吳釗燮/CNA file photo)

President Donald Trump are highly supportive of Taiwan, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said Thursday, dismissing concerns Taiwan could become a bargaining chip in negotiations between Washington and Beijing.

Asked to comment on Taiwan-U.S. relations during the Trump administration, Wu said Washington’s support for Taipei has been consistent over the past decades, on the basis of the Taiwan Relations Act, through different administrations.

Many of the senior officials of the Trump administration, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and Randall Schriver, U.S. assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, are longtime supporters and friends of Taiwan, going back to earlier posts, according to Wu.

Wu said he does not see those officials changing their long held stance on Taiwan in their new posts.    [FULL  STORY]

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