- The Washington Times - Monday, July 28, 2008

No ‘troublemaker’

Taiwan’s next envoy to the United States vows that the new government in the Republic of China (Taiwan’s formal name) will avoid making claims of independence from communist China and do nothing to upset the delicate diplomatic balance of his country, the mainland and the United States.

“There will be troubles if we don’t act as a peacemaker but as a troublemaker as before,” Jason Yuan told reporters Friday in the Taiwanese capital, Taipei. “If we show sincerity, it should not take long to build trust.”

Mr. Yuan, a career diplomat, represents a government led by Taiwan’s Nationalist Party, as head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative’s Office, which serves as a de facto embassy for Taiwan in the United States. He explained that his goal is to repair relations strained by the previous government, which upset China by embracing independence.


China claims Taiwan as a province and has threatened military action if the island declares independence. Washington recognizes Beijing as the sole representative of China but also has pledged to defend Taiwan against Chinese aggression.

“My most important task is to ensure that there is no surprise in our dealings with the United States,” Mr. Yuan said. He is due in Washington Aug. 4.

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Monday

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani of Pakistan, who meets with President Bush and addresses an evening forum sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations and the Middle East Institute. On his three-day visit, he is also due to hold talks with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. Mr. Gilani is scheduled to meet with members of Congress, possibly including Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the likely Republican presidential nominee, and Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, the likely Democratic nominee.

Rejoice Ngwenya, a human rights activist from Zimbabwe and head of the Zimbabwean Coalition for Market and Liberal Solutions. He addresses a forum sponsored by the Cato Institute at 12:30 p.m. in Room B-338 of the Rayburn House Office Building. To register for this event, call 202/789-5229 or e-mail events@cato.org.

Tuesday

Foreign Minister Franco Frattini of Italy, who meets with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for lunch and holds a press conference with her afterward at the State Department.

• A delegation from Britain with Crispian Cuss, former army spokesman, Liam Fox, a Conservative member of Parliament, and Douglas Murray of the Center for Social Cohesion. They address the Heritage Foundation on the “Decline and Fall” of the Labor Party and the prospects for a Conservative government.

Wang Jin-pyng, speaker of the Taiwanese legislature, who addresses the Heritage Foundation.

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