Senior U.S. official visits Taiwan: AIT

A senior official from the U.S. State Department was scheduled to arrive in Taiwan Saturday to discuss regional economic issues with Taiwanese officials and representatives of the business community, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said.

Matthew J. Matthews, who serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands and the Senior Official for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), “will meet with Taiwan officials and economic policy and business leaders to exchange views on this year’s APEC outcomes and other trade and economic matters of mutual concern,” the AIT said.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also issued a statement, welcoming Matthews’ visit and saying he will discuss matters such as how to deepen economic and trade relations between Taiwan and the United States and APEC-related regional economic issues.

It is Matthews’ third visit to Taiwan since he assumed the positions of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands and Senior Official for APEC in June 2015.

His previous postings included foreign policy adviser to then-Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command Adm. Samuel Locklear from 2013 to 2015, and as deputy principal officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong from 2010 to 2013.

He has also served in Taiwan twice, as deputy chief of the economic section at the AIT from 1998 to 2001 and as science and technology officer from 1989 to 1992, also at the AIT, which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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