Taiwan expresses gratitude for U.S.' 'unwavering' support

09/15/2018 08:42 PM
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Sidney Lin (林鶴明/CNA file photo)
Sidney Lin (林鶴明/CNA file photo)

Taipei, Sept. 15 (CNA) Presidential Office spokesman Sidney Lin (林鶴明) said Saturday that Taiwan sincerely appreciates the goodwill and continued support extended by the executive and legislative branches of the United States government.

Taiwan has a close and friendly relationship with the U.S., which has been unwavering in its support, Lin said, after U.S. Republican Representative Chris Smith on Friday urged the U.S. executive branch to fully implement the Taiwan Travel Act to bring about an increase in exchanges of high-level American and Taiwanese officials.

In a letter to U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo, Smith said President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) recent visit to the U.S. showed the positive development of ties between Washington and Taipei.

"Building on this, I urge you to fully implement the Taiwan Travel Act to allow regular and high-level exchanges between U.S. and Taiwanese officials," Smith said in the letter.

In Lin's comments, he said that as a member of the global community, Taiwan is committed to developing even stronger bilateral relations so as to contribute to the peace, stability and wellbeing of the region, and he expressed the government's gratitude for the U.S.' "unwavering support."

(By Yeh Su-ping and Ko Lin)

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