President Tsai Ing-wen said April 25 that the government will continue strengthening ties with the U.S. as the two sides mark the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act.
Taiwan-U.S. exchanges are expanding in frequency and scope, Tsai said. The third arms sale package announced earlier this month under the administration of U.S. President Donald J. Trump underscores the deep friendship and high level of mutual trust present in the relationship, she added.
Tsai made the remarks while receiving a delegation from the Shawn Brimley Next Generation National Security Leaders Program run by Washington-based think tank Center for a New American Security at the Presidential Office in Taipei City
According to Tsai, Taiwan and the U.S. are assisting like-minded partners in tackling issues of mutual concern via the Global Cooperation and Training Framework.
A prime example in this regard, Tsai said, is the GCTF International Workshop on Defending Democracy through Media Literacy staged in October 2018 by Taiwan and the U.S. in Taipei.
The launch by CNAS of its Countering High-Tech Illiberalism program in February builds on this good work, Tsai said, adding that initiative will help halt authoritarian governments from expanding influence worldwide through nontraditional communication platforms such as social media.
Tsai said the program is of great importance at a time when freedom, democracy and rules-based order are under increasing pressure from coordinated campaigns of coercion.
Given rapid advances in internet technology and a lack of sophistication by some segments of society in recognizing disinformation and misinformation, Tsai said governments must dedicate more resources to educating the public on policy goals and outcomes.
It is hoped the delegation will return home to the U.S. with a comprehensive understanding of Taiwan's front-line efforts in this regard, Tsai added.
Source: Taiwan Today