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Taiwan not main topic in U.S.-China talks: MOFA

2012/02/16 14:25:05

Taipei, Feb. 16 (CNA) The Taiwan issue was not the main topic of discussion between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) senior official said Thursday.

Obama, however, reiterated his support for the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) to Xi, said Bruce Linghu, director-general of MOFA's Department of North American Affairs.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also mentioned TRA during talks they held with Xi, the director-general said.

TRA was enacted by the U.S. in 1979 after it established relations with the People's Republic of China and severed diplomatic ties with the Republic of China.

Under the act, the U.S. expects Taiwan's future to be determined by peaceful means and will provide Taiwan with defensive arms to this end.

Although the details of the closed-door meetings were not disclosed publicly, Linghu said U.S. officials will brief the content to MOFA officials according to protocol.

Meanwhile, China's state-run Xinhua news agency said a day earlier that Obama told Xi he does not support any calls for Taiwan independence and that his country desires peaceful development of cross-Taiwan Strait relations.

(By Nancy Liu)