TAIPEI (AFP) – The head of the US representative office in
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.
“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 fromto in 1979.
Burghardt said that Ma’s focus “looks like it will be somewhat different” than under, who irked Washington and Beijing with his pro-independence stance.