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US sees ‘excellent’ ties with Taiwan under new leader

March 28, 2008

TAIPEI (AFP) – The head of the US representative office in Taiwan said Friday he was confident of “excellent” relations with its incoming president but gave no word on whether he would be granted a Washington visit.
Taiwan president-elect Ma Ying-jeou waves to supporters during ... 
Taiwan president-elect Ma Ying-jeou waves to supporters during a rally in Taipei on March 25, 2008. The head of the US representative office in Taiwan said Friday he was confident of “excellent” relations with its incoming president but gave no word on whether he would be granted a Washington visit.
(AFP/File/Sam Yeh)

“We are very confident to have an excellent relation (with Taiwan) in the next four years,” said Raymond F. Burghardt, the Washington-based chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).

The AIT is a non-profit, quasi official organisation that has handled ties in the absence of formal relations since Washington switched formal diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979.

Burghardt said that Ma’s focus “looks like it will be somewhat different” than under outgoing President Chen Shui-bian, who irked Washington and Beijing with his pro-independence stance.

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