Lifting of U.S. restrictions gives Taiwan 'free country status': Krach

01/14/2021 11:00 PM
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From left to right: U.S. Under Secretary of State Keith Krach, President Tsai Ing-wen and TSMC founder Morris Chang (Source: facebook.com/tsaiingwen)
From left to right: U.S. Under Secretary of State Keith Krach, President Tsai Ing-wen and TSMC founder Morris Chang (Source: facebook.com/tsaiingwen)

Taipei, Jan. 14 (CNA) U.S. Under Secretary of State Keith Krach said Wednesday the recent lifting of restrictions on contacts between American and Taiwanese officials by the U.S. government gives Taiwan "free country status."

In a tweet, Krach praised Taiwan as "a great partner, a great friend & magnificent role model of democracy" and said the bond between the U.S. and Taiwan is "based on common values."

"@SecPompeo orders lifting of self-imposed restrictions with Taiwan by US Govt giving it Free Country status," he added, referring to an announcement on Jan. 9 by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Washington was lifting restrictions on contacts between American and Taiwanese officials, which have been in place since Washington cut ties with Taipei in favor of Beijing in 1979.

In the same tweet, Krach also posted a photo of his meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) during his visit to Taiwan last year and shared the link to a news report titled "The Catalyst for Stronger U.S.-Taiwan Ties: How Under Secretary of State Krach Became 'Taiwan's Number One Friend.'"

Krach traveled to Taiwan in September 2020 to attend the memorial service of former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), who died July 30 at the age of 97. He was the highest-ranking State Department official to visit Taiwan in more than four decades.

(By Y.F. Low)

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