The Taiwan Relations Act is an enduring statement of the core interests shared by Taiwan and the U.S., and one of the reasons for the country's emergence as a global bastion of freedom, democracy and human rights, according to Minister of Foreign Affairs Jaushieh Joseph Wu.
In addition to serving as a blueprint for bilateral ties, the TRA allowed Taiwan to evolve into a cornerstone of the overall U.S. strategy in Asia, Wu said. The country is willing and able to share the responsibility of tackling common challenges and serving as a reliable and robust partner of the U.S. in building a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific, he added.
Wu's remarks, contained in an op-ed published April 10 by USA Today, are part of a campaign by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs marking the 40th anniversary of the TRA.
According to Wu, Taiwan is standing shoulder to shoulder with like-minded partners around the world in defending shared values. This is taking place at a time when the country is facing a coordinated campaign of coercion by China, he said.
Irrespective of this relentless effort to threaten Taiwan economically, militarily and strangle its international space, Wu said, President Tsai Ing-wen is rock solid on a commitment to engaging in constructive dialogue and exchanges with China as long as the people's democratic way of life remains uncompromised.
Wu said recent examples of robust Taiwan-U.S. relations include a raft of events organized under the joint Global Cooperation and Training Framework, as well as initiatives like the Indo-Pacific Democratic Governance Consultations and the Civil Society Dialogue on Securing Religions Freedom in the Indo-Pacific Region.
These farsighted and progressive platforms underscore the inherent trust between Taiwan and the U.S., and open the door to even greater collaboration across an array of potential-laden fields, Wu said.
Source: Taiwan Today