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New York media briefed on Taiwan-US relations

NEW YORK--Taiwan's representative office in New York briefed media Wednesday on Taiwan-U.S. ties under President Ma Ying-jeou's administration.

The briefing to the New York Press Club was designed to strengthen the international mainstream media's understanding of Taiwan, according to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York.

Trust has been restored between Taiwan and the U.S. since Ma took office in 2008, said Andrew Kao, director-general of the office.

Tangible results of the Ma administration's efforts to improve bilateral ties include Taiwan's admission to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program and the scheduled resumption in March of trade talks under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement, Kao said at the briefing.

He expressed hope for continued support from the U.S. government and private sector for Taiwan's meaningful participation in international organizations, including the International Civil Aviation Organization.

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