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Ex-U.S. Pacific commander to visit Taiwan

2012/08/05 20:58:04

Taipei, Aug. 5 (CNA) The former top U.S. commander in the Asia-Pacific region will visit Taiwan in mid-August to meet with high-level officials on foreign and security affairs, informed sources said Sunday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Adm. Robert F. Willard, former commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, is set to attend a closed-door meeting hosted by the Taipei-based Prospect Foundation, a research institute, to exchange views with Taiwanese officials on issues related to bilateral ties, the sources said.

It is common for former U.S. officials to visit Taiwan to promote bilateral ties, the sources noted.

Willard, who stepped down as the U.S. Pacific commander in March, once said during his tenure that although the military balance in the Taiwan Strait is leaning toward China, the likelihood of conflict is less likely, thanks to improvements in bilateral ties.

(By Elaine Hou)