US official to visit Taiwan amid trade talks push
TAIPEI (AFP) - A senior United States (US) diplomat is to visit Taiwan this month, officials said on Wednesday, as Taipei looks to resume free trade talks with Washington after lifting a six-year-old ban on some US beef imports.
US Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Jose W Fernandez will visit Taiwan on Sunday and meet President Ma Ying-jeou, the de facto US embassy said.
The visit would particularly focus on trade, investment and tourism, the American Institute in Taiwan said in a statement.
Washington switched its diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979 but has since remained the leading arms supplier to the island.