Taiwan and the United States expressed their mutual intention to counter military aggression by China during an unofficial US delegation to Taipei.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen told the US delegation that her country would work with the US to deter China from “adventurous manoeuvres and provocations”.
Taiwan is currently visited by former US Senator Chris Dodd and former Assistant Secretary of State Richard Armitage, and James Steinberg. Their visit is a signal of support from the Biden government to the democratically ruled island. President Tsai told the three Thursday that China’s military activity is increasingly threatening peace and stability in the region.
“We are happy to work with like-minded countries, including the United States, to work together to safeguard peace and stability in the South Pacific,” said President Tsai. She vowed to continue cooperation with the United States and counter the “information war” from China.
Former Senator Dodd told Tsai that she and her country have a “reliable friend” to President Joe Biden. He promised that the Americans would help the island nation expand its foreign affairs and invest in Taiwan’s defence. The US-Taiwan partnership is “stronger than ever,” said Dodd.
Tsai indicated that Taiwan wants to enter into trade negotiations with the US quickly. The country has long wanted to conclude a free trade agreement with Washington.