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Taipei aiming for written guidelines with Washington

Staff writer, with CNA, WASHINGTON

Taipei is working toward forging written guidelines with Washington for future bilateral relations now that ties have been institutionalized, Taiwan’s outgoing representative to the US said on Thursday.

Jason Yuan (袁健生) said the focus of his work over the past four years has been to deepen and institutionalize the substantial relations between Taiwan and the US.

Having accomplished that goal, Taiwan now hopes to put forward written guidelines for bilateral interaction, he said.

“There are various signs that relations between the two sides have entered a certain level and matured,” Yuan said upon his departure for Taiwan to take up his new position as secretary-general of the National Security Council.

The progress in bilateral relations is shown by the fact that homeland security officials were ready to meet with Taiwanese media following the announcement of Taiwan’s admission to the US Visa-Waiver Program, he said.

In addition, the US Department of Defense published a photo of a recent visit to the Pentagon by Taiwan’s Vice Defense Minister Andrew Yang (楊念祖), he said.

According to Yuan, exchanges between Taiwanese and US national security agencies have been institutionalized and no longer need to be kept confidential like they were in the 1980s.

He said that Taiwan plays an important role in the US’ strategy to expand its presence in Asia and that it would be “unrealistic” for Washington to continue to keep its contact with Taiwan secretive and under the table.

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