President Tsai thanks US for continued support of Taiwan

30-Apr-2019 Intellasia | Focus Taiwan | 6:00 AM Print This Post

President Tsai Ing-wen on Sunday expressed gratitude to the United States government for continuing to make arms sales to Taiwan and for its cooperation in helping Taiwan bolster its self-defense capabilities.

In a meeting with an American delegation led by Senators Chris Coons and Maggie Hassan, Tsai noted that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA).

Citing US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Tsai said that for four decades the TRA has bolstered the relationship between America and Taiwan, based on their shared values of democracy, freedom, security and human rights.

Tsai also expressed gratitude for the US Congress’ staunch bipartisan support for improving relations between the US and Taiwan.

In particular, Coons, along with senators from both parties, introduced the Taiwan Assurance Act of 2019, which backs Taiwan’s participation in international organisations, calls for opening dialogue towards a Taiwan-US free trade agreement and emphasizes that Taiwan is a vital part of the US Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy, she noted.

The act also directs the US secretary of defense to work to include Taiwan in bilateral and multilateral military training exercises, she added, thanking Coon for his efforts.

The solid security partnership between Taiwan and the US is vital to regional peace and stability and is in their best interests in the Indo-Pacific region, Tsai said.

She said Taiwan and the US can bolster their partnership, based on the existing solid foundation, and work together to become a force for good in the region and in the world.

“Taiwan is already ready, willing and able to contribute more to the international community,” the president said.

On his part, Coons said his delegation’s visit to Taiwan was not aimed at trying to change the status quo or creating any political disputes but rather was meant to cement Taiwan-US ties.

He said his discussions with President Tsai would include issues such as intellectual property rights, Taiwan-US economic development and regional security.

Hassan, meanwhile, said the main purpose of the visit was to promote people-to-people understanding and advance the relationship between Taiwan and the US

At a time when Taiwan and the US are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the TRA, it is important to reiterate the importance of the act and the US’ “one China” policy, she said.


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