Trump-Xi meeting: Foreign ministry in close touch with US

The foreign ministry said Tuesday that it is paying close attention to the preparations for the upcoming summit meeting between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping. That's after the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, visited Beijing on March 18-19 to pave the way for the Chinese president's upcoming visit to the United States.

Trump will host Xi at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida early next month.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Eleanor Wang said the government has been following developments and maintaining close contact with the US side.

"High-level interaction between the United States and Mainland China can affect the development of cross-strait relations and can also influence our national interests," said Wang. "The foreign ministry has been observing closely throughout and has held close communication with the US side to fully convey our position and concerns on related issues. We will ask the US side to brief us both before and after [the upcoming summit]."

Also on Tuesday, the foreign ministry commented on Taiwan's prospects of attending this year's World Health Assembly in May. The ministry said it was staying in close contact with the World Health Organization on the issue. The ministry said it trusts that the WHO values the importance of Taiwan's participation to cooperation on global health issues.

Source: Radio Taiwan International