Vice President Annette Lu (
"I didn't run into any difficulties last time I visited Central and South America because I didn't make a fuss during my transit stop in the United States," she said.
During her overnight stay in San Francisco, California, Lu said she was able to meet the people she wanted to meet and talk with everyone she wanted to talk to without putting the US government in an awkward position.
Lu made the remarks during a lunch with reporters at the Presidential Office.
Lu said the US was unlikely to give a final decision on Chen's planned itinerary until the last minute, adding that media reports about his transit stops had all been pure speculation.
Presidential Office Spokesman David Lee (
"It's completely groundless," Lee said.
"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is still working on the details. We will let everybody know as soon as they are finalized," Lee said.
Chen is scheduled to leave for Central America on Aug. 20 to attend a summit in Honduras.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that summit invitations had been sent to the presidents of Taiwan's seven allies in the region.
The ministry said Chen was not planning to visit Suriname, which is reportedly eager to improve diplomatic relations with Taiwan.