No trade-off on Taiwan: US official

A White House official says the upcoming meeting between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping of China will not involve a trade-off on the Taiwan issue. Matt Pottinger, senior director of Asian affairs of the National Security Council, was giving a briefing on Wednesday, a day before the two men hold their first meeting.

Pottinger said Trump already reaffirmed the US "One China policy in a phone call with Xi in February. He said Washington's One China policy, which is different to Beijing's One China principle, is consistent with the three Joint Communiques and obligations under the Taiwan Relations Act. The act forms the cornerstone of Taiwan-US relations in the absence of formal ties.

Taiwan's foreign ministry spokesperson Eleanor Wang said Thursday that Taiwan welcomes a statement from the US government concerning its commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act. The foreign ministry also said it will keep in close contact with the US concerning the two-day summit meeting.

Source: Radio Taiwan International