President Tsai Ing-wen is preparing to make two stopovers in the United States in the course of her upcoming visit to Taiwan's diplomatic allies in Central America.
Tsai will depart Taiwan on her nine-day trip on Saturday. She will make a transit stop in Houston on her outbound journey and San Francisco on her return leg.
On Friday, foreign ministry official Hsu You-tien declined to give any details of the arrangements, citing the nature of Taiwan's unofficial relationship with the US. But Hsu said that the principles of comfort, safety, convenience, and dignity will be at the core of the stopovers.
Hsu said Washington has long upheld these principles during trips by senior Taiwanese officials to the US. He also said that the United States' position on visits by Taiwanese officials will not change, despite repeated protests from Beijing.
It has been routine for Taiwan's presidents to make stopovers in the United States when traveling to Latin America and the Caribbean. The upcoming visit has drawn more attention after the phone call last month between Tsai and US President-elect Donald Trump brought US-Taiwan relations into the international spotlight.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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