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U.S. confident in Taiwan's handling of territorial rows: legislator

2012/09/14 10:47:50

Washington, Sept. 13 (CNA) Washington has confidence in Taiwan's ability to deal with the territorial disputes in the East China Sea and the South China Sea, a Taiwanese legislator said Thursday after meetings with several high-ranking U.S. officials.

A group of Taiwan legislators from the Taiwan-U.S. Inter-Parliamentary Amity Association, led by Lin Yu-fang of the ruling Kuomintang, are currently visiting Washington D.C.

The delegation met with members of the Senate and House of Representatives and officials from the departments of State and Defense.

Andrew Shapiro, U.S. assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, and Mark Lippert, assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, were among the U.S. officials who had discussions with the Taiwan legislators.

The U.S. officials called for a peaceful resolution of the territorial dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands but did not comment on President Ma Ying-jeou's "East China Sea Peace Initiative," Lin said.

They were, however, concerned about whether Taiwan would join forces with China in dealing with the Diaoyutai issue and the territorial row over the Spratly Islands, the lawmaker said.

Lin said he told them that the proposal for cross-Taiwan Strait cooperation on the Diaoyutai issue is unappealing to Taiwan because it would put Taiwan in a disadvantageous position and that Ma has rejected the idea on many occasions.

(By Tony Liao and Y.F. Low)