Taiwan lauded for response to Beijing ADIZ move: AIT
By Joseph Yeh ,The China Post
December 14, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The United States “appreciates” Taiwan's “constructive response” to China's recent announcement of a new Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) that covers much of the East China Sea, the de facto U.S. 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 U.S.-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 U.S. 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 U.S. King Pu-tsung (金溥聰), who returned to Taipei earlier this week, returned to convey the U.S. 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 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy's trip to Taiwan that was originally planned for this week.
Local media reported early Wednesday that McCarthy would come to Taiwan on Friday, but the Chinese-language United Evening News followed up later the same day with a report saying the visit had been canceled.
U.S. officials were unhappy that local media had reported trip before McCarthy was set to arrive in Taiwan, the paper said.
But both Taiwan's Foreign Ministry and the AIT have denied such accusations, saying that there was no visit planned by the U.S. official.
On Thursday, AIT spokesman Mark Zimmer told local media that McCarthy plans to visit Taiwan “at a later time,” but there is no visit planned for now.
If a visit does take place, McCarthy would be the first U.S. Cabinet-level official to travel to Taiwan in more than a decade.