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U.S. to highlight Taiwan's role as TRA enters 40th year

2018/11/05 14:03:06

Taipei, Nov. 5 (CNA) The United States will show the positive role Taiwan plays in Asia and in the world next year to mark the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James Moriarty said Monday.

"Next year, Taiwan and the United States will celebrate a milestone in the relationship before the anniversary of the TRA," said Moriarty, referring to the TRA enacted by Congress in 1979 following the U.S. cutting diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

"In that anniversary year, I look forward to further advancing across the many dimensions of this partnership," Moriarty said. "The coming year will, I am sure, show to all why the U.S. considers Taiwan to be a vital and reliable partner in Asia and a force for good in the world."

Moriarty, who arrived in Taiwan Sunday for a weeklong visit, made the remarks when he was received by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) at the Presidential Office Monday.

Moriarty said his visit is an opportunity to take stock of a flourishing U.S.-Taiwan relationship and a comprehensive, durable and mutually beneficial partnership.

That relationship is grounded not only in the shared interests of the U.S. and Taiwan, he said, "but just as importantly in our shared values, in particular our support for democracy and human rights."

During Moriarty's stay in Taiwan, he will participate in a joint committee meeting of the Global Cooperation Training Framework (GCTF) to plan its activities for the coming year.

"The GCTF is recognition of how much Taiwan has to offer to the international community and an affirmation of U.S. support for finding ways to assist Taiwan in not only preserving but expanding its international space," Moriarty said.

Over the past three years since the GCTF was established in 2015, more than 200 experts and scholars from 30 countries have been brought together under the framework to address issues of global concerns such as health, women's empowerment and media literacy, Tsai said.

"Our government will continue to increase the frequency and scope of the issues and the number of participants in GCTF activities," she said.

In the meantime, Taiwan will continue to contribute to the Indo-Pacific region through the government's New Southbound Policy that aims to strengthen Taiwan's ties with countries in South Asia, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Australia, Tsai said.

"These achievements have not gone unnoticed by our international friends. I hope that the U.S. and other countries will join us to work together for a more prosperous and stable region," she said.

(By Shih Hsiu-chuan)