Taipei, May 11 (CNA) Relations between Taiwan and the United States have strengthened over the past few years thanks to a thaw in cross-Taiwan Strait tension, an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Friday.
Bruce Linghu, director-general of the MOFA's Department of North American Affairs, cited American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's reference of Taiwan as "an important security and economic partner" for the U.S. at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum event last November to underscore improvement in Taipei-Washington relations.
Moreover, Linghu said Winston Lord, a former U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, has described the current trilateral Taiwan-U.S.-China relations as in their best shape in 60 years.
Linghu further said in a special report to the legislative caucus of the opposition Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) that the United States is expected to continue beef up its influence in Asia under its "back to Asia" policy as seen in its new defense strategy unveiled in January this year.
Against this backdrop, Linghu said, Taiwan will continue to deepen itsstrategic and economic partnership with the U.S. which will be in cross-strait and entire regional interests.
For his part, TSU legislative whip Hsu Chung-hsin said the caucus has hosted the special session with an aim to help the public better understand the current state of triangular Taiwan-U.S.-China ties.
Hsu said Taiwan's government must use wisdom and exercise prudence in playing a balancing act in dealing with the two big powers.
(By Justin Su and Elizabeth Hsu)