Taiwan lauded for response to Beijing ADIZ move: AIT

Taiwan lauded for response to Beijing ADIZ move: AIT

TAIPEI - The United States "appreciates" Taiwan's "constructive response" to China's recent announcement of a new Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) that covers much of the East China Sea, the de facto US ambassador to Taiwan said yesterday.

"The United States appreciates Taiwan's constructive response to Beijing's Nov. 23 announcement of an East China Sea ADIZ," said Christopher Marut, director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).

"The US-Taiwan unofficial relationship is in great shape. We are working well together," Marut was quoted as saying in an AIT statement.

The AIT statement was released in an attempt to dispel media speculation that the US was dissatisfied over Taiwan's handling of the issues surrounding Beijing's East China Sea ADIZ.

Some have speculated that Taiwan's top envoy to the US King Pu-tsung (金溥聰), who returned to Taipei earlier this week, returned to convey the US government's concerns about the Ma administration's low-key response to China's recent demarcation of its East China Sea ADIZ.

During a previous meeting with visiting AIT Chairman Raymond Burghardt on Wednesday in Taipei, Ma defended such accusations by saying that Taiwan reacted firmly to China's declaration of an ADIZ in the East China Sea.

Ma said his government has already expressed its concerns to China, saying that this kind of action is not helpful to improving relations across the Taiwan Strait.

Possible Visit of US Cabinet-level Official

The AIT statement also came amid the reported cancellation of US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy's trip to Taiwan that was originally planned for this week.

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