Taiwan's 2019 accomplishments include value-based alliances: MOFA - Focus Taiwan

Taiwan's 2019 accomplishments include value-based alliances: MOFA

MOFA spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安).
MOFA spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安).

Taipei, Dec. 26 (CNA) The establishment of strong value-based alliances with like-minded countries and international partners was among Taiwan's major achievements this year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday in a review of its efforts in 2019.

Taiwan's influence in the region was also evident in projects such as the Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF), MOFA spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安) said at a regular press conference.

The GCTF, a platform established by Taiwan and the U.S. in 2015, allows Taiwan to share its expertise in various fields with partners around the world, including Japan and several European countries that joined at the beginning of 2019.

"On the strategic front, Taiwan continued to form value-based alliances with like-minded countries, including the U.S., Japan and European countries," Ou said.

She said Taiwan-U.S. relations reached a peak in 2019, as evidenced by the frequent high-level exchanges and the more open, diverse and institutionalized relationship between the two countries.

Other indicators were the treatment accorded to President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) when she made transit stops on U.S. soil, the bipartisan support for Taiwan in the U.S. Congress, the U.S.' decision to sell F-16V fighter jets and M1A2 tanks to Taiwan, Ou said.

Meanwhile, Taiwan was included in U.S.' Indo-Pacific Strategy Report and its Free and Open Indo-Pacific report this year, which outlined Taiwan's importance in the U.S.' regional strategy, Ou said.

In Taiwan's relations with Japan, the two sides held several talks and reached cooperation agreements on maritime rescue, trade, environmental protection, and academic and cultural exchanges, she said.

She noted that more than 20 Japanese legislators attended the National Day parade of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in October, and Japan's executive and legislative branches voiced support for Taiwan's efforts to participate in international organizations.

Ou was referring to Taiwan's bid to take part in the United Nations, the World Health Assembly, International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol).

Turning to Taiwan's relations with European countries, she said Taiwan this year signed a legal cooperation agreement on criminal matters with Poland, an agreement with Denmark on the transfer of prisoners, and a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Netherlands on a working holiday program.

In June, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) visited Denmark and shared Taiwan's success story on its road to democracy, Ou said.

Other indicators of advancement included the formation of the Formosa Club in the European Parliament to support Taiwan's participation in international organizations, she said.

In 2020, MOFA will continue to work with like-minded countries to defend democracy and international order to build a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific region, Ou said.

(By Emerson Lim)

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