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Taiwan can contribute to 'Free and Open Indo-Pacific' plan: Tsai

2017/12/11 23:14:03

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, right) and James Moriarty

Taipei, Dec. 11 (CNA) As a free and democratic nation, Taiwan can make a significant contribution to the United States' new "Free and Open Indo-Pacific" strategy, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Monday.

"Not only are we willing to defend the common goal of freedom and openness, we will go all out to protect the fundamental international order," Tsai told visiting American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James Moriarty, who is in Taiwan for a week-long visit.

The Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy, a new initiative being pushed up by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, encompasses areas stretching from the U.S. West Coast to Japan, down through Southeast Asia to Australia, and west across another ocean to India.

According to Moriarty, relations between the United States and Taiwan have always remained solid, and the two sides continue to deepen cooperation in various fields.

As a member of the Free and Open Indo-Pacific, ensuring the safety and security of our partner nations is important to the United States, he told the president, saying that he believed Taiwan's security was an indispensable part of the region's overall security.

As such, the U.S. is supportive of Taiwan's willingness to participate in international affairs and will continue to work closely with Taiwan on many issues in future, he said.

Meanwhile, Tsai noted the two countries' good relations over the past year, citing an approved arms sale to Taiwan and her transits through the U.S. during overseas visits as examples of the continued stable development of Taiwan-U.S. ties.

"As with the support the United States has given to Taiwan, we will also continue to show our support for the U.S.," Tsai said.

Moriarty arrived in Taiwan on Sunday for a week-long visit that will last until Dec. 16. It is his third trip to the country since his appointment as AIT chairman in October 2016.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Ko Lin)