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Taiwan confident in U.S. ties ahead of U.S.-China meet

Washington, Nov. 8 (CNA) Taiwan is confident in its ties with the United States ahead of the upcoming U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue (D&SD), Taiwan's top representative to the U.S. said Thursday.

"Taiwan and the U.S. are always communicating and exchanging information in many forms," Stanley Kao (高碩泰) said at the Twin Oaks compound when asked if the U.S. has briefed Taiwan about the issues to be covered at the D&SD in Washington Friday.

Stressing that Taiwan will keep a close watch on high-level exchanges between the U.S. and China and the so-called "Taiwan issue," Kao said he is fully confident in the development of Taiwan-U.S. ties.

Washington has reiterated that it maintains a key partnership with Taiwan based on the Taiwan Relations Act that forms the core of its "one China policy," he said.

In the face of a new U.S. Congress following the mid-term elections, Kao said he has no doubts that the long-term bipartisan support for Taiwan in the U.S. Congress will remain strong.

"U.S.-Taiwan relations have been advancing stably as the two sides share mutual interests and the same beliefs," he said.

On Wednesday, Yang Jiechi (楊潔篪), director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party's Central Committee, told U.S. national security advisor John Bolton that "Taiwan is the most important and sensitive issue in China-U.S. relations."

U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will hold the second D&SD with Yang and China's defense minister, Wei Fenghe (魏鳳和), in Washington on Friday, and will hold a joint news conference following the meeting.

Some in Taiwan have been worried that the U.S. and the Trump administration might sacrifice ties with Taiwan to make gains with China.

Relations between the world's two biggest economies have been tense over the past year amid a highly contentious battle over trade and differences over China's actions in the South China Sea.

(By Rita Cheng and Flor Wang)


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