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TRANSITION: US urges flexibility on cross-strait ties

UNOFFICIAL:A senior official said that a US delegation would attend the inauguration of president-elect Tsai to reiterate the US’ commitment to relations with Taipei

By William Lowther  /  Staff reporter in WASHINGTON

Kritenbrink said it would be Obama’s 10th trip to the region as president.

“This trip is a manifestation, we believe, of two key elements of the rebalance [to Asia],” he said.

“First, building new partnerships with emerging powers in the region like Vietnam; and second, strengthening our treaty allies, including with Japan, which is at the heart of our Asian strategy,” he said.

Kritenbrink said Obama’s visit to Hiroshima would reaffirm the US’ long-standing commitment to peace and security in a world without nuclear weapons.

“This visit will offer an opportunity to honor the memory of all innocents who were lost [during World War II],” he said.

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