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Ex-US official meets with ROC political leaders

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns met with President Ma Ying-jeou, President-elect Tsai Ing-wen and former Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu on Monday, which invoked concern from the mainland Chinese authorities.

Mainland external affairs agency spokesperson, Hong Lei, remarked that the U.S. must abide by the "one China" policy.

"Speak and act cautiously without attempting any sort of measures to intervene with China's domestic issues," said Chinese media, according to the Central News Agency.

Mainland Chinese authorities have brought their concerns to the U.S. regarding Burns' visit while reiterating their claim over Taiwan.

Their show of displeasure was due to Burns' visits to the Presidential Office and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) headquarters in the morning and the KMT's think tank, the National Policy Foundation, in the afternoon to meet with respective political leaders.

During Burns' visit with Chu, which lasted around 45 minutes, the former KMT chairman reiterated his support for the majority party in the Legislature — soon to be the DPP — taking the helm in forming the Cabinet.

In a press statement released by the KMT, Chu expressed thanks for Burns' visit, which reflected "a stable and welcoming Taiwan-U.S. relationship."

The KMT will uphold its responsibilities as the future opposition party, and expressed hopes of seeing future cooperation with the DPP for the people's welfare, Chu stated.

"If the DPP requires it, the KMT is willing to provide assistance in Taiwan-U.S. and cross-strait relations," the statement read.

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