Taiwan Ministry thanks Biden Administration for “strong support”
TAIPEI -- Strong support for Taiwan contained in the U.S. State Department news release issued January 23 by the incoming Biden Administration was sincerely appreciated by the Government and the people of Taiwan, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said.
In the release, the US State Department urged Beijing to end military, diplomatic and economic pressure against Taiwan and to enter into meaningful dialogue. The U.S. stood with friends and allies in advancing shared prosperity, security and values in the Indo-Pacific, as well as the deepening of ties with democratic Taiwan, the Department added.
Commitment to Taiwan was rock-solid and contributed to the maintenance of peace and stability across the strait and regionally. The U.S. maintained its long-standing commitments as per the Taiwan Relations Act and Six Assurances, and would continue assisting Taiwan in maintaining a sufficient self-defence capability, the release said.
Issued three days after the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the release underscored the importance the new U.S. Administration placed on safeguarding Taiwan's defence and security, as well as cross-strait peace and stability, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said.
Taiwan's Government would continue promoting Taiwan-U.S. co-operation and exchanges across the board as part of efforts enhancing relations between like-minded partners, the Ministry added.
In a tweet on MOFA's official account, the Ministry said "We sincerely thank @StateDept for its rock-solid support of democratic #Taiwan in the face of Beijing's ongoing coercion. Based on shared values & interests, we're committed to our partnership with the #US in furthering peace & stability in the #IndoPacific."