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Taiwan hails first US Cabinet-level visit for 14 years

Published on Apr 14, 2014 8:11 PM
 
Gina McCarthy (right), the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency of United States, is greeted by staffs of the National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei on April 14, 2014. Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou on Monday met Gina McCarthy, the first US Cabinet-level official to visit the island in 14 years, and hailed her trip as important for ties with Washington. -- PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou on Monday met Gina McCarthy, the first US Cabinet-level official to visit the island in 14 years, and hailed her trip as important for ties with Washington.

"This is the first time since 2000 for a Cabinet-level official to visit Taiwan from the United States. It is of great significance for bilateral ties," Ma said while meeting McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The United States switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979.

It remains the leading arms supplier to the island, but has been cautious in holding official contacts with it.

 
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