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Taiwan displays growing clout with top diplomat's U.S. visit

Foreign minister makes rare public visit to Washington

Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, left, waves ahead of talks with U.S. officials in Washington. (Central News Agency/Kyodo)   © Kyodo

TAIPEI -- Taiwan has scored a major diplomatic breakthrough with its foreign minister's first publicized visit to the U.S. capital area since Washington switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979.

Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and National Security Council chief Wellington Koo, along with Hsiao Bi-khim, top envoy to the U.S., and other senior officials arrived Tuesday, meeting with U.S. officials in a visit seen as a push back against China's efforts to isolate Taiwan.

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