By: Duncan DeAeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), James Moriarty, said the recent decision by the U.S. to withdraw diplomatic envoys from three Central American nations, was made to show that China’s continual chipping away at Taiwan’s diplomatic relations would not be “consequence-free.”
Speaking in Washington on Sept. 12, Moriarty said the decision was made to send a message to China and other countries considering breaking ties with Taiwan, and to discuss regional issues and strategy moving forward with the diplomats serving in those countries.
Moriarty was quoted by CNA as saying:
“We will tell the Chinese that picking off diplomatic partners of Taiwan is a source of great concern to the United States. We’ve been telling China as clearly as possible that these are not consequence-free actions.”