Alan D. Romberg is quoted in the L.A. Times on Taiwan President Ma’s visit to the US

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January 29, 2014

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou greeted hundreds of flag-waving supporters in Los Angeles' Chinatown on Tuesday, an unusual public appearance on American soil that was a sign of the island's improving relationship with China.

Ma was on his way home after visiting Sao Tome and Principe, Burkina Faso and Honduras - three of Taiwan's remaining diplomatic allies. The U.S. State Department termed the visit a "transit" that is "consistent with the unofficial nature of our relations with Taiwan."

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"It shows there's a great deal of confidence between Taipei and Washington that Ma will stay within the ground rules of not making a huge political splash during his transit," Alan D. Romberg, director of the Stimson Center's East Asia Program, said of Ma's Chinatown appearance.

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