Taiwan to pay close attention to Trump-Xi summit: official

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(CNA file photo)

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Taipei, March 17 (CNA) The government will pay close attention to a planned meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (習近平), a Presidential Office spokesman said on Friday.

The Presidential Office indicated it was aware that certain experts were speculating about the possibility of Trump and Xi signing a fourth U.S-China communique, but declined to comment on the issue, Sidney Lin (林鶴明) said.

He said the United States is Taiwan's most important international ally and as such Taipei understands the U.S. attaches great importance to peace and stability in East Asia.

Taiwan will continue to strengthen its partnership with Washington as the two sides work to jointly contribute to regional peace, stability and well-being, he said.

According to U.S. media reports, Trump is planning to host Xi for a two-day summit next month at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

This will be the first time the two leaders have met in person.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Y.F. Low)

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