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Obama ‘supports’ Taiwan in Xi talks

‘STRONG COMMITMENT’:US President Barack Obama said that he reiterated his responsibility to uphold the ‘one China’ policy during the closed-door discussions

By William Lowther  /  Staff reporter in WASHINGTON, with AFP

“This announcement bolsters prospects for a universal, meaningful agreement in Paris this year,” the secretary-general’s spokesman said.

Shortly after the summit meetings closed, the US-Taiwan Business Council issued a statement signed by its president, Rupert Hammond-Chambers, that said “for the first time in a number of years,” Xi was worried about Taiwan.

It said the Democratic Progressive Party was likely to win the January presidential election and “this realization is causing growing panic among those vested in China’s vision of unification with Taiwan.”

The statement said that the US had slowed its engagement with Taiwan to a crawl and demonstrated a lack of will and intent to maintain peace and security in the Taiwan Strait.

Taipei’s underinvestment in Taiwan’s national defense has to end, Hammond-Chambers said.

“No US government can reasonably undertake support for new defensive capabilities if Taiwan takes its national defense less seriously than the US does,” the statement said.

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