TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate and Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen became Taiwan's first-ever presidential candidate to step foot into the US State Department, the US foreign ministry, on June 4, afterward saying that the meeting with government officials had "gone well."
Although there was no official announcement about whom Tsai met with, it was suggested that Tsai had met with US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other officials.
Tsai was seen exiting the Harry S. Truman Building, the US State Department's headquarters, where she accepted media interviews. She was accompanied by an unnamed US official, DPP Secretary-General Joseph Wu, the DPP's Washington representative Michael Fonte and DPP lawmaker Hsiao Bi-khim.
When questioned about her meeting with State Department officials, Tsai responded that the one-hour meeting had "gone well."
"Talks revolved around exchanging ideas about US-Taiwan relations," Tsai said, saying topics included problems regarding US-Taiwan trade relations, the economy, national defence, Taiwan's participation at the international level and cross-strait relations, which shadows what was mentioned during Tsai's speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on June 3.
Asked whether Blinken was in favour of Tsai's stance, Tsai said that during talks with the US in the past, both sides exchanged ideas and during this round of discussions, "we had a complete communications and understanding."
The unnamed American official, who accompanied Tsai and her delegation group, refrained from discussing the identities of US State Department officials in the meeting.
ROC Citizens are My Main Examiners: Tsai
Just this week, Beijing's Ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai slammed Tsai, saying she needs to gain the approval of China's 1.3 billion citizens rather than doing interviews with the US
Tsai responded during a dinner banquet with overseas Taiwanese on June 4. She steadfastly said that "the Taiwanese people are my main examiners" and that she only answered to the 23 million Taiwan citizens.
Tsai also said that she had finished all of her exams in the US after she took her bar exam.
"My trip to the US is to convey two messages: first, Taiwan will always stick to democratic methods, and second, we will continue to be responsible and resolute to protect the peace across the Taiwan Strait." Tsai said during the speech.