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U.S. official for international organization affairs to visit Taiwan
Central News Agency
2014-03-24 08:47 PM
Taipei, March 24 (CNA) The U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs is scheduled to visit Taiwan later this week, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said Monday. Nerissa J. Cook will participate in meetings pertaining to international economic and development issues, said AIT, which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic ties. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed Cook's visit in a statement, saying that it will increase mutual understanding and bilateral exchanges on issues such as the global economy and humanitarian aid. Cook's visit follows those by two other U.S. officials, according to the ministry. Susan Stevenson, deputy assistant secretary of state for public diplomacy in the U.S. State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, is currently in Taiwan on a March 23-27 visit. Stevenson will attend the 2014 Fulbright East Asia-Pacific Meeting to be hosted in Taipei March 26-28 and will also meet with various officials to discuss and affirm the strength of U.S.-Taiwan relations, AIT said. In addition, Holly Vineyard, deputy assistant secretary of commerce for Asia with the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is visiting Taiwan March 22-26, according to the ministry. During her visit, Vineyard was scheduled to visit the central municipality of Taichung to participate in the 38th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation High-Level Policy Dialogue, as well as deliver opening remarks at an APEC seminar, it said. She will also meet government officials and Taiwan-based U.S. businessmen to exchange opinions on Taiwan-U.S. trade and investment opportunities, the ministry added. (By Elaine Hou)
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