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Taiwan urges China, U.S. to continue to promote regional peace

2017/11/09 19:03:21

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Taipei, Nov. 9 (CNA) Taiwan expects the United States and China to continue their efforts to ensure peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, the Presidential Office said Thursday.

The Presidential Office was commenting on U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to China and his meeting earlier in the day with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) at the Great Hall of the People.

"Our position is clear: we hope the two countries will continue their efforts to actively promote regional peace, stability and prosperity in the future," Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said one day after Trump's arrival in Beijing as part of a 12-day Asian tour.

At a joint press conference later in the day, neither Trump nor Xi mentioned Taiwan but according to China's Xinhua News Agency, the issue was raised during the meeting between the two leaders.

"The Taiwan issue is the most important, most sensitive core issue in China-U.S. relations and is the political basis for the China-U.S. relationship," Xi told Trump, according to Xinhua. "China hopes that the U.S. will continue to abide by the 'one China' principle."

In response, Trump assured Xi that the U.S. government would continue to uphold the "one China" policy, according to the Xinhua report.

At the joint press conference, Trump was focused more on the North Korea issue, urging Xi to do more in that regard.

Trump's visit to China was the third leg of his five-nation tour of Asia that started with Japan and South Korea and will take him next to Vietnam and the Philippines.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Ko Lin)