U.S. official meets Taiwan representative in Netherlands

The U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, left, discusses with Taiwan Representative Chen Hsing-hsing on Jan. 11, 2021. (Courtesy of @usambnl/Twitter)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, on Monday met with Taiwan Representative Chen Hsing-hsing (陳欣新) in a possible first since Washington severed its diplomatic ties with the Republic of China (Taiwan) in 1979.

The meeting followed the removal of restraints on high-level diplomatic contacts between the U.S. and Taiwanese officials on Jan. 9.

“Made some history today: Welcomed Taiwan Representative Chen (Hsing-hsing (陳欣新)) to our Embassy,” Hoekstra said in a tweet.

“Glad that our @StateDept colleagues around the world will now be able to host our friends from this vibrant democracy on our Embassy grounds. Thanks @Taiwan_in_NL for your friendship,” the tweet said.

The post also included three photos showing Hoekstra meeting with Chen at the front entrance of the embassy and inside the embassy.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded that it would be happy to see the U.S. ambassador and our representative strengthen their interaction.