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U.S. EPA head's visit to Taiwan 'successful:' AIT
Central News Agency
2014-04-15 10:28 PM
Taipei, April 15 (CNA) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy's just-concluded visit to Taiwan was described by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Tuesday as "successful" and a strong symbol of long-standing bilateral cooperation on environmental issues. McCarthy has made clear that the United States values its substantial and significant cooperation with Taiwan, said AIT spokesman Mark Zimmer. AIT represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic ties. McCarthy's visit was "a strong symbol of that collaborative relationship," he told CNA. McCarthy, who arrived on Sunday and left for Vietnam earlier in the day, is the first U.S. Cabinet-level official to visit Taiwan since then-Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater came in June 2000, shortly after President Chen Shui-bian took office. Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs also lauded the significance of her visit, with spokeswoman Anna Kao saying that it demonstrates "the fruitful results of Taiwan-U.S. cooperation in environmental protection." It also shows a deepening and expanding of relations between the two sides, Kao added. Taiwan and the United States will continue to increase their cooperation on environmental protection, Kao said. McCarthy's visit also marked a 20-year partnership between Taiwan and the U.S. dedicated to protecting the environment that began in 1993 when they signed an agreement on environmental protection cooperation. Over the decades, the two sides have exchanged expertise on air and water quality, chemical safety, soil contamination, electronic waste recycling and other issues, McCarthy said in a speech in Taipei Monday. She added that she expects bilateral cooperation to continue. McCarthy also noted U.S. participation in Taiwan's International Environmental Partnership program, launched on Monday. The program is aimed at expanding international exchanges in environmental protection. (By Elaine Hou)
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