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President backs Taiwan-U.S. CEO platform
Central News Agency
2013-12-11 02:56 PM
Taipei, Dec. 11 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Wednesday during a meeting with the top U.S. official in charge of relations with Taiwan that he hopes a platform can be established for chief executive officers of companies in Taiwan and the United States. Ma recounted several major developments in Taiwan-U.S. relations since August during the meeting with Raymond F. Burghardt, chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), a quasi-official organization which handles U.S.-Taiwan affairs in the absence of diplomatic ties. The president talked in particular about a visit to the U.S. by a high-profile Taiwan business delegation led by former Vice President Vincent Siew last month. Ma expressed gratitude to Burghardt for accompanying the delegation on its visit to Washington, New York and Los Angeles and meeting with important local business representatives to allow them to convey their willingness to invest in the U.S. Describing the delegation's trip as successful, Ma said that a CEO platform between Taiwan and the U.S. could be set up to continue promoting similar business exchanges, and said the government will fully support the establishment of such a platform. In response, Burghardt said his current visit to Taiwan was aimed at strengthening Taiwan-U.S. relations. The AIT chairman also noted that Siew not only met with U.S. CEOs but also high-ranking officials in Washington during his visit, adding that it was a very important mission and an opportunity to further discuss and strengthen Taiwan-U.S. investment and trade relations. Burghardt also described U.S.-Taiwan relations as quite good. He has already met with Siew, National Security Council Secretary-General Jason Yuan, Foreign Minister David Lin and Minister of National Defense Yen Ming. (By Lee Shu-hua and Y.L. Kao)
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