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President Tsai vows continued cooperation with U.S.

2018/06/22 12:24:43

President Tsai Ing-wen (right)

Taipei, June 22 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) vowed Friday to continue working with the United States to contribute to peace and prosperity in the region amid the growing threat posed by China.

"China's bullying will not alter Taiwan's resolve to reach out to the world," Tsai said when meeting members of Washington-based Brookings Institution, including Richard Bush, a former chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) who is now a senior fellow with the think tank, at the Presidential Office.

"As you have all noticed, changes are taking place in the Asia-Pacific region, such as in the Taiwan Strait, South China Sea and on the Korean Peninsula," Tsai said.

It is regrettable that China is also stepping up its pressure on Taiwan, as seen by its unilateral launch of the M503 flight route, sending fighter jets and military vessels to circle Taiwan, forcing foreign enterprises to designate Taiwan a province of China on their websites, as well as preventing Taiwan from participating at world bodies, she added.

"These attempts to unilaterally change the cross-strait status quo undermine peace and stability in the region, which is not conducive to cross-strait ties nor welcomed by the international community."

"However, China's bullying of Taiwan will not stop this country from reaching out to the world and we will continue to cooperate with the U.S. and other like-minded countries to contribute to peace, prosperity and stability in the region," she stressed.

Tsai also thanked the U.S. for its support of Taiwan over the past two years.

Washington's decision to approve sales of defensive weapons to Taiwan, commitment to the Taiwan's Relations Act, approval of licenses to allow U.S contractors to take part in Taiwan's submarine building programs and its support for Taiwan to participate in international organizations are all tangible acts of support, she noted.

The June 12 dedication for AIT's new compound in Taipei also marked a milestone in U.S.-Taiwan relations and serves as a symbol that the two countries will jointly move toward shared goals, Tsai said.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Flor Wang)
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