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A historic phone call between President Tsai Ing-wen and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will act as a symbol for decades-long cordial relations between the two countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.
 
Trump called Tsai 'president' because he always speaks straightforwardly: ex-US official
A visiting former White House official said Tuesday that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump referred to Tsai Ing-wen as the "president of Taiwan" because he always speaks "straightforwardly."
 
With a 10-minute phone call and two tweets, Donald Trump inspired banner headlines and renewed hopes across Taiwan for a stronger partnership with the United States, while also inflaming the complex relationships between the U.S., mainland China, and the self-governing island China regards as a renegade province.
 
It was right for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to take a congratulatory call on Friday from Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen another democratically elected leader -- a simple courtesy and a fundamental part of real democracy, two former U.S. officials said on Sunday.
 
The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which included for the first time a section on senior military exchanges with Taiwan.
 
Trump upends US foreign policy with Taiwan call
US President-elect Donald Trump broke with decades of foreign policy to speak with the president of Taiwan, prompting Beijing Saturday to accuse Taipei of a ploy but saying the move would not affect US-China ties.
 
The 2016 International Conference on Japanese Studies will take place Dec. 3-4 at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) in Taipei, organizers said.
 
Japan and Taiwan ink 2 MOUs at talks
Taiwan and Japan on Wednesday signed two memorandums of understanding (MOUs) on language exchange and product safety cooperation, as annual trade and economic talks between the two countries concluded in Taipei.
 
A recent joint effort by Taiwanese and Philippines law enforcement authorities led to a raid on a telecom-fraud operation base in Cebu earlier this month, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) has announced.
 
Japan envoy calls on Taiwan to lift food ban
A top Japanese envoy on Tuesday called on Taiwan to lift its import restrictions on products from Japan's nuclear-affected areas as soon as possible, as annual trade and economic talks between both sides kicked off in Taipei.
 
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