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US official blasts flag-raising incident

NO SURPRISES?An anonymous official in US President Barack Obama’s administration expressed significant concern over the ROC flag-raising ceremony at Twin Oaks Estate

By Nadia Tsao  /  Staff reporter in Washington

The senior official said during the interview that Washington hopes Ma will demonstrate the priorities he puts on this bilateral relationship by ensuring that these kind of things do not happen again.

“We hope we can shift the focus of the US-Taiwan relationship to an area in which progress is possible,” he said.

Ma lauded Shen after the ceremony and described the flag-raising as a foreign policy achievement.

The senior US official said that Obama administration’s major concern is that an action was taken that obviously violated the bilateral understanding, while Taiwan claimed that “[US officials] know about it and support it.”

He said that US is very careful when dealing with an issue like this.

The way the Taiwanese government handled the event and the comment made by Ma suggested “that our long-term understanding is now being violated,” the source said.

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