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11/21, 12:21 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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US, Taiwan are defenders of freedom - Pompeo

The United States and Taiwan are "strong partners" in "defending freedom" and "promoting democratic values," US State Secretary Mike Pompeo said on Saturday.

Speaking upon the inauguration of the American Institute in Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue, Pompeo noted the opening of such a center would "strengthen our economic relationship even further."

Earlier this week, China threatened it would make a "necessary response" in case of any official visits between Washington and Taipei after it was announced US Environmental Protection Agency head Andrew Wheeler was going to make an official appearance in Taiwan.

Breaking the News / JR