Jacqueline Liu, director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Kansas City, was detained by the FBI on Nov. 10 for underpaying and overworking two Filipino housekeepers. (File Photo/China Times)
Jason Yuan, Taiwan's representative to the United States, said Sunday that the two sides have agreed to discuss immunity privileges given to Taiwanese diplomats, following disputes over the status of an official who was arrested and detained by the FBI.
Jacqueline Liu, director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Kansas City, has been detained since Nov. 10 for overworking, underpaying and breaking contracts with two Filipino housekeepers she had employed in the US. Taiwan has argued that Liu should be granted immunity, while the US maintains that Liu's status is similar to that of a consular officer, meaning she only has immunity for acts performed within the scope of her authorized functions.
Yuan said, however, that the US agrees the current agreement on privileges, exemptions and immunity — which was signed over three decades ago — is not comprehensive.
"Now that the chance has arisen, we will work toward it," Yuan said, speaking at a Republic of China flag-raising ceremony in Rockville, Maryland.
Jason Yuan 袁健生
Jacqueline Liu 劉姍姍