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MOFA hopes to work with newly confirmed U.S. diplomat to bolster ties

2019/06/14 11:52:57

David Stilwell (CNA file photo)

Taipei, June 14 (CNA) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Friday that it hopes to cooperate with a senior American diplomat, who was recently confirmed to a top post in Asian affairs, to forge stronger relations between Taiwan and the United States.

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted 94-3 to confirm David Stilwell, a former Air Force brigadier general, as assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, a position that had been vacant for almost a year.

In his confirmation hearing, Stilwell said China should stop pressuring and threating Taiwan and instead should resume dialogue with the government of Taiwan.

MOFA said Stilwell has worked in Asia and is familiar with security affairs in the region.

As assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the U.S. State Department, he will have the critical job of mapping out and executing Washington's policy in the region, MOFA said.

The ministry said it hopes to work with Stilwell to reinforce the partnership between the Washington and Taipei, building on the existing friendly and solid foundation.

Stilwell, a retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general who served for 35 years, speaks Mandarin and Korean.

His previous government positions include deputy director for politico-military affairs for Asia in the Joint Staff, defense attache to China, and senior planner for Asian affairs at the Pentagon.

Since his retirement from the U.S. Air Force, Stilwell has served as the director of the China Strategic Focus Group at the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Headquarters in Hawaii and as an adjunct senior fellow at the East West Center in Honolulu.

(By Elaine Hou and Frances Huang)