Washington, Sept. 19 (CNA) Outgoing Taiwan representative to the United States, Jason Yuan, expressed optimism Wednesday that relations between the two countries will continue moving forward under his newly named successor, King Pu-tsung.
Taipei announced earlier that day that King, a long-time adviser to President Ma Ying-jeou, has been tapped as the country's next de facto ambassador to the U.S.
Yuan praised King as a fully qualified candidate who will be successful on the job, in light of his acquaintance with cross-Taiwan Strait affairs, as well as his personal wisdom, experience and good teamwork with Taipei.
King's appointment is based on an understanding with Washington, which is very familiar with him, said Yuan, who described mutual trust as a very important part of Taiwan-U.S. relations.
"I believe ties with the United States will only move forward and will be unlikely to go backward in the future," he said.
Yuan, who is to take up the position of secretary-general of the National Security Council, will leave Oct. 4 for Taiwan to assume his new post. King, meanwhile, is expected to assume his duties by the end of the year.
Yuan said Taipei's relations with Washington are now on the right track and are developing steadily, thanks to efforts made since Ma's first inauguration in 2008.
On the inclusion of Taiwan in the U.S. visa waiver program, he said that all the relevant work has already been done and that Taipei is now awaiting a final announcement by Washington.
(By Lin Shu-yuan, Tony Liao and Y.F. Low)