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New Taiwan-US immunity rules may be sealed by year-end: official

WASHINGTON -- Major progress has been made in talks between Taiwan and the U.S. on amendments to a bilateral agreement on privileges and immunities for diplomatic staff, Taiwan's deputy representative in Washington said Thursday.

"Negotiations have been proceeding smoothly for our diplomatic staff in Washington to enjoy the same personal immunity that is extended to U.S. diplomatic allies and to give conditional immunity to the heads of our representative offices in other U.S. cities," said Leo Lee, deputy representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S.

Barring any unexpected developments, a modified pact on privileges, exemptions and immunities is likely to be signed by the end of this year, Lee said.

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