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China not consulted on visa deal: US

VISA WAIVER:The key development comes in the lead-up to the US presidential elections, but US authorities say the program is not a ‘message’ to any other nation

By William Lowther and Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporters in WASHINGTON and TAIPEI

Lin said the ministry welcomed the US’ decision, adding that it signifies significant progress in elevating the nation’s image, enhancing Taiwan-US relations and contributing to the nation’s external relations handlings.

The progress will enable both countries to further enhance exchanges in trade and tourism, as well as culture and education areas, Lin said.

After having secured visa-waiver status, one of the most important tasks for Taiwan in advancing US-Taiwan relationships would be the resumption of negotiations under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement platform, Lin said.

Bruce Linghu (令狐榮達), director-general of the ministry’s Department of North American Affairs, said the ministry will continue to seek visits to Taiwan by US Cabinet-level officials to consolidate cooperation in military and security areas.

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