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US beef is political hostage: AIT boss

NOT GOOD:The US beef issue has become ‘the symbolic embodiment of Taiwan’s protected markets,’ according to American Institute in Taiwan Director William Stanton

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

Stanton added that he is “extremely confident” that Taiwan will soon enter the US Visa Waiver Program after it was nominated as a candidate for the program in December.

Stanton said that in a Taipei Times report on March 29, 2009 — before he took over as AIT director — he was described as being “excessively pro-China,” while the Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister paper) previously had a report saying he was deemed by Beijing officials in Washington as “pro-Taiwan.”

“It is true [that I am pro-Taiwan]. When I walk down the hall in the US State Department, colleagues often run in the opposite direction, because they feel that I would bang their ears about Taiwan. I have been outspoken and aggressively pursuing what I think is good for US-Taiwan relations and for the US,” he said.

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