Taiwan should seek US high-level visits: Premier


TAIPEI–Premier Sean Chen exhorted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thursday to continue to seek visits to Taiwan by high-level officials from the United States as one of the means of enhancing mutual trust and substantive ties between the two countries.

Noting that strengthening Taipei-Washington relations is a pivotal task of the Foreign Ministry, Chen said it should also seek to bolster military cooperation between the U.S. and Taiwan, lessen bilateral engagement restrictions and update a privileges and immunities agreement between the two countries.

He exhorted the ministry to seek to renew the U.S.-Taiwan privileges and immunities agreement that was signed 32 years ago. It should study whether the existing accord complies with the spirit and regulations of the Taiwan Relations Act before conducting talks with the U.S. on the issue, he added.

The premier also said the ministry should stay abreast of the progress of the inclusion of Taiwan on the U.S.’s visa waiver program, predicted to be implemented before the end of this year.