2020/11/27  
US EPA Head Andrew Wheeler planning visit to Taiwan (2020/11/20)
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    US EPA Head Andrew Wheeler planning visit to Taiwan (2020/11/20)

    Another top U.S. official may soon be visiting Taiwan. Foreign Minister Joseph Wu confirmed on Friday that arrangements were being made for a visit by U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. Wu says the visit can lead to more cooperation and exchanges with the U.S. in the area of environmental protection and strengthen Taipei's ties with Washington. Wheeler's visit would mark the third time a U.S. official visits Taiwan in four months.

    The New York Times on Thursday reported that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler is planning two trips abroads, one of which will be to Taiwan.

    Joseph Wu
    Minister of Foreign Affairs
    It is true that we are making arrangements for that. At the end of last year, I personally spoke with Wheeler on the phone, and he expressed a strong desire to visit. Cooperation between the U.S. and Taiwan on environmental issues, especially on the international stage, has a long history. When Wheeler visits Taiwan, we will also discuss international cooperation on the environment, continuing our talks on the issue. At this time, specific details about his visit are still being discussed by both sides. We will make an announcement once we have concrete details.

    According to the report, Wheeler is expected to arrive in Taiwan on a chartered flight during the week of Dec. 5, and stay for three days. The report says Wheeler was invited to Taiwan "to collaborate on issues including the Save our Seas initiative and marine litter, air quality, and children's health." However, as incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump will leave office in January, critics have called Wheeler's trip unethical and wasteful. Wu addressed the concerns.

    Joseph Wu
    Minister of Foreign Affairs
    We offered our sincere invitation to the U.S. EPA administrator to visit Taiwan a long time ago. However, due to the pandemic the trip was postponed. In recent months there have been several visits by high-level U.S. officials. Moving forward, if another U.S. official visits Taiwan, it demonstrates the close relationship between the U.S. and Taiwan. I think Taiwanese will find that encouraging.

    Taiwan has seen a flurry of activity on the diplomatic front, with frequent visits from U.S. officials. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar came in August, Under Secretary of State Keith Krach arrived in September, and now the head of the U.S. EPA is set to soon lead a delegation to Taipei. With three visits in just four months U.S.-Taiwan relations seem to be at an all-time high.

    中文 Chinese  
    美環保署長將訪台 吳釗燮:我親邀討論環保

    台灣外交泡泡不斷!外交部長吳釗燮今天証實,美國環保署長惠勒即將來台訪問。對於外界形容,這是惠勒的畢業旅行,吳釗燮表示,惠勒是應他之邀,來台就環保議題合作磋商,但因為疫情延宕訪台。而惠勒已經是4個月來,美國高階官員訪台的第三人!

    紐約時報報導,川普的環保署長惠勒即將出訪,其中一個行程就是要到台灣!

    [[外交部長 吳釗燮]]
    "的確是我們正在安排當中。在去年的年底的時候,我也親自致電給環保署長惠勒,他也表達高度來訪的意願。我們台灣跟美國之間的環保合作,尤其是在國際上的環保合作,這個是很久的事情了。當惠勒署長來到台灣的時候,我們也會就國際環保合作的議題,繼續跟他進行磋商。現在他來訪的細節,雙方還在討論當中,如果有定案的話,我們會對外來做說明。"

    根據《紐約時報》報導,惠勒預計於12月5日當週搭乘專機率團訪台,停留3天。他是應邀赴台就「拯救我們的海洋」倡議與海洋垃圾、空氣品質、孩童健康等議題推展合作。不過,面對川普可能一月就要即將卸任,惠勒12月訪台被外界形容是畢業旅行,吳釗燮特別澄清。

    [[外交部長 吳釗燮]]
    "我們摯邀美國的環保署署長來台灣訪問,這個已經有很久的時間了,但是因為疫情的關係,所以他的來訪的時間,就有一些延宕。在過去這一些時間,有很多美國高層的官員來台灣訪問,接下來如果說,還有另一位閣員來訪的話,這個是象徵我們台灣跟美國之間,非常緊密的關係,我想我們國人會感到振奮。"

    近來台灣外交泡泡不斷,美國官員頻繁訪台,8月初有衛生部長阿札爾,9月中國務院次卿柯拉克,如今,環保署長惠勒也要來,4個月內,3位美國高階官員訪台,徹底落實台美旅行法,也凸顯台美的關係友好。
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