AIT operates normally despite US government shutdown: spokesman
By Joseph Yeh ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The de facto United States embassy in Taiwan yesterday said that the shutdown of the U.S. government will not affect its operations in Taiwan.
October 2, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
Mark Zimmer, a spokesman for the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), told local media yesterday that despite the shutdown, AIT will not cease operations in the short term.
“We have the resources to continue operations for a while,” Zimmer said.
But he admitted that he was not sure when the shutdown will be over or if it will affect Taiwanese people visiting the U.S.
“The AIT will release a statement if we have information that is related to the Taiwanese public,” he noted.
The AIT represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of official diplomatic ties.
The U.S. government began a partial shutdown on Tuesday for the first time in 17 years after lawmakers failed to break a political stalemate, according to media reports.
The shutdown is expected to affect at least 800,000 federal workers from Tuesday, the first day of the new fiscal year, reports said.
Asked to comment, Remus Chen (陳立國), deputy head of the foreign ministry's Department of North American Affairs, said the U.S. government shutdown will not have any immediate effect to bilateral exchanges.
Chen said the foreign ministry will keep close contact with AIT to inform the Taiwanese public if the shutdown will affect scheduled visits to the U.S.
A diplomatic source who preferred to stay anonymous said yesterday that the U.S. government shutdown is unlikely to affect its customs, airports and immigration operations.