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Government to receive report on US VP's meetings in Asia

TAIPEI -- Taiwan is set to receive a report from the United States on U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's weeklong Asia visit that will take him to Japan, China and South Korea, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday.

Ministry spokeswoman Anna Kao said that the U.S. will keep Taiwan posted on any meetings covering sensitive issues that Biden, who landed in Japan Monday, has with Chinese government officials when he visits Beijing later in the week.

Washington has said that Biden will convey concerns on the part of the United States and its allies over China's newly-declared air defense identification zone (ADIZ) covering disputed areas of the East China Sea, including the Japan-administered Diaoyutai Islands (called the Senkaku Islands in Japan). The islands are also claimed by Taiwan.

Taiwan and the U.S. have been in close communication over the matter and have “an understanding,” Kao said.

Stressing Taiwan's deep concern for peaceful development in the region, Kao said that the foreign ministry has ensured that U.S. government agencies, lawmakers, media and academics are aware of Taiwan's stance on China's ADIZ.

Biden left Washington D.C. on Dec. 1, local time, to “reaffirm our (the United States') enduring presence as a Pacific power, promote our economic and trade interests, and underscore our commitment to rebalancing U.S. foreign policy towards the Asia Pacific,” according to the White House.

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