Feb 16, 2017 Business & Finance Comments Off on Taiwan was informed prior to Trump-Xi call: report
The Presidential Office has declined to comment on a recent report by Japan's Sankei Shimbun on US President Donald Trump's phone call to President Xi Jinping of China last week. The report on Thursday indicated that Trump had informed Taiwan on his stance on the US One China policy prior to calling Xi. The Presidential Office said it has no comments on the speculation of other media.
Trump told Xi that he would abide by the US One China policy, ending weeks of speculation that he might ditch the longstanding policy. The Sankei Shimbun said a senior Taiwanese official commented afterwards that Taiwan already has a handle on the situation and that it did not require a response. The article seemed to imply that Taiwan had been informed in advance of the content of the call between Trump and Xi.
The Presidential Office said last Friday that Taiwan and the US remain in close communication. It expressed appreciation for recent remarks by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the US government on their continued commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act. The act forms the cornerstone of Taiwan-US relations in the absence of formal diplomatic ties.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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