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Visit by ex-U.S. senior official helps bilateral partnership: MOFA

2017/10/22 16:35:10

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Taipei, Oct. 22 (CNA) Daniel Russel, a former U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, arrived in Taiwan Sunday for a four-day visit that ends on Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said, touting Russel's visit as helping to deepen the bilateral partnership between the two countries.

MOFA welcomed Russel, who was invited to visit by the Republic of China government, the ministry said in a statement released Sunday. It is the first time Russel, who currently serves as a diplomat-in-residence and senior Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute, has visited Taiwan.

During his four-day stay, Russel will deliver a speech at National Chengchi University in Taipei after which he will answer questions.

He will also visit government departments where he will learn about Taiwan's political and economic development and government policies in the areas of diplomacy, national defense and cross-strait relations. Russel will exchange views on U.S-Taiwan links and future cooperation, MOFA said.

A career senior diplomat, Russel served as assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs from July 2013 to March 2017. Before that, he served at the White House as special assistant to the president and National Security Council senior director for Asian affairs.

During his tenure at the Department of State and White House, Russel promoted U.S-Taiwan relations. His visit "does not only reflect the friendship between Taiwan and the United States, but also helps deepen and broaden the partnership of the two sides," MOFA said.

According to National Chengchi University, Russel will visit the school and give his planned speech on Oct. 24.

(By Elaine Hou and Elizabeth Hsu)