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Taiwan watching as Trump prepares for China trip

2017-09-14

The Presidential Office says the government will maintain close contact with the United States ahead of a visit to China by the US president, Donald Trump.

 

Heather Nauert, spokesperson for the US Department of State, said Wednesday that Trump expects to visit China in the fall. He will meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, who is also head of the ruling Communist Party of China.

 

Presidential Office spokesperson Sidney Lin said Thursday that the government pays close attention to dialogue and exchanges between the United States and China. He also said that Taiwan’s relations with the US are close and that the two sides maintain close and friendly contact. He said the two sides are able to communicate and exchange views at any time.

 

Trade and North Korea’s nuclear program will be high on the agenda as Trump makes his first visit to China as president. He first met President Xi of China in July at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Trump’s trip is likely to take place in November, as the American president is also expected to attend two meetings in Asia in that month. These are a US-ASEAN summit in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam.