WASHINGTON, May 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department said Tuesday Taiwanese Vice President Annette Lu would stop over in the United States on her way to Central America.
Lu will arrive in Las Vegas Friday and will stop over in San Francisco on June 6, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said.
"We approved the request based on the criteria we've used for past transits; that is, the safety, comfort and convenience of the traveler or respecting the dignity of the traveler," he said.
He called the visit "private" and "non-official," adding there would be some meetings with members of Congress and the American Institute in Taiwan, but there were no plans for public or media events.
The issue is a sticky one because China regards Taiwan as a renegade province and frowns upon other nations who meet Taiwanese officials. Although the United States is a close Taiwanese ally, it has dissuaded Taipei from declaring independence from the mainland.