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U.S. Beef Ban Will Not Hurt Security Ties

posted on January 15, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP)--The senior U.S. diplomat for East Asia says that Taiwan's decision to ban some kinds of U.S. beef will not affect security ties.

Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell told reporters Jan. 7 that U.S. and Taiwan officials are working on resolving differences over beef imports.

But he says the Barack Obama administration's commitment to a U.S. law requiring the provision of weapons for Taiwan's defense remains strong.

Taiwanese lawmakers voted Jan. 5 on the ban over concerns about bovine spongiform encephalopathy. The vote reversed an earlier deal Taipei had negotiated with Washington.

Many in Taiwan are worried that health officials lack sufficient safeguards to prevent BSE.


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