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U.S. senior official for APEC visits Taiwan

2018/09/25 18:55:55

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Taipei, Sept. 25 (CNA) Matthew J. Matthews, deputy assistant secretary and U.S. senior official for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), visited Taiwan on Tuesday for routine consultations with his counterparts, according to the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).

During his one-day visit, Matthews met with Taiwan authorities to discuss this year's APEC priorities and other trade and economic matters of mutual concern, the AIT said in a press release.

According to the AIT, Matthews assumed his position as deputy assistant secretary for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands and concurrently as senior official for APEC on June 16, 2015.

Previously, he served as foreign policy advisor to Admiral Locklear, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command from 2013 - 2015, and deputy principal officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong from 2010 to 2013, said the AIT, which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence official diplomatic ties.

Matthews has served in Taiwan twice, as deputy chief of AIT's Economic Office (1998-2001) and as its science and technology officer (1989-1992), AIT said.

(By Joseph Yeh)