No surprises in Trump-Xi meet: Presidential Office

Taipei--Taiwan made thorough preparations ahead of a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (???), and there were no surprises in the results of the just-concluded meeting between the two leaders, the Presidential Office spokesman said Saturday.

Prior to the Trump-Xi meeting, Taiwan's national security officials simulated various scenarios that could affect Taiwan's interests, said Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (???). The results of the meeting were in line with Taiwan's predictions and there were no surprises, he added.

Huang's remarks came after Trump met with Xi at the U.S. president's Mar-a-Lago retreat in Florida from Thursday to Friday, which was the first meeting between the two leaders.

During the summit, they discussed trade and North Korea issues, foreign media reported. But Taiwan issues were not included in post-summit remarks by officials from either China or the U.S.

Commenting on the Trump-Xi meeting, Huang said that it shows smooth development in Beijing-Washington ties.

On the issue of relations between Taiwan and the U.S., he said the government has continued to stay in close contact with the U.S. and maintains a "surprise-free" principle in the development of Taipei-Washington ties.

Meanwhile, he said that Taiwan is aware of the importance the U.S. puts on peace and stability in East Asia. As a player in the region, he said, Taiwan hopes the summit will be conducive to regional development and that Taiwan will continue to work jointly with other countries to contribute to peace, stability and welfare in the region.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel