Taiwan-US ties moving forward with renaming of organisation: Tsai

08-Jun-2019 Intellasia | Focus Taiwan | 6:00 AM Print This Post

The partnership between Taiwan and the United States will continue to progress and play an important role in the free and open Indo-Pacific region, President Tsai Ing-wen said Thursday at a formal ceremony to rename a Taiwan government organisation that handles American affairs.

Tsai said the change of name from the Coordination Council for North American Affairs (CCNAA) to the Taiwan Council for US Affairs (TCUSA) reflected decades of mutual trust and marked a milestone in bilateral relations.

The term “North American” was used initially because of the political circumstances at the time, Tsai said, referring to the period when the government organisation was established in 1979, after the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the US ended official ties.

The renaming of the organisation this year is also significant because it is the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), she said.

The TRA, which is the cornerstone of Taiwan-US relations, was signed by then-US President Jimmy Carter in 1979 when Washington switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing.

After the switch, the US established the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), in accordance with the TRA, to manage its relations with Taiwan, while Taiwan set up the CCNAA to handle ties with the US

Now 40 years later, Tsai said, the partnership and bonds between the two countries are “closer than ever.”

Based on the shared values of democracy, she said, Taiwan-US relations will continue to move forward steadily as the two countries jointly promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Speaking at the renaming ceremony, AIT director Brent Christensen said the new name “better reflects the day-to-day work” of the Taiwan organisation.

“The US-Taiwan partnership has thrived for decades, regardless of which political party is in power,” he said. “One thing that will not change is our expectation that the friendship between our peoples that we have built and fostered together over the last 40 years will continue to deepen.”



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