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Tsai's transit in U.S. consistent with 'one-China policy': U.S.

2019/07/02 14:21:54

President Tsai Ing-wen

Washington, July 1 (CNA) The U.S.'s arrangement for representatives of "Taiwan authorities" in making transit stops on American soil is consistent with Washington's one-China policy, a State Department spokesperson told CNA Monday.

Asked by CNA to comment on plans by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to stop in the United States on her way to and from visits to Caribbean allies later this month, the State Department gave the same answer it gave ahead of a similar trip last year.

"The United States facilitates, from time to time, representatives of the Taiwan authorities to transit the United States," a State Department spokesperson said in an email sent Monday U.S. time.

"Such transits are undertaken out of consideration for the safety, comfort, convenience and dignity of the passenger and are in keeping with our one China policy."

The spokesperson also said there was no change to the U.S.'s longstanding "one China" policy based on the Three Joint Communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act.

Taiwan's foreign ministry announced Monday Taiwan time that Tsai will make the stopovers before and after visiting Haiti, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, and St. Kitts and Nevis, during a trip that will last from July 11 to July 22.

It did not disclose the U.S. cities Tsai will pass through, but many media outlets have said she will stop in New York and Denver.

(By Chiang Chin-yeh and Joseph Yeh)
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