Radio Taiwan International
The US commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) is in line with its national interest. That’s the
word from Stanley Kao, Taiwan’s representative in Washington.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed on Thursday that Washington is committed to Taiwan under the TRA. Secretary of Defense James Mattis echoed Tillerson’s position on a separate occasion. The TRA exists to regulate US relations with Taiwan in the absence of formal diplomatic ties.
Kao was invited to give a speech in Atlanta on Thursday titled “Taiwan-US Partnership Amid Changing Dynamics in Asia.” He said that the strong partnership between Taiwan and the US is based on their shared core values, such as freedom and democracy. Kao cited Taiwan’s high ranking in press freedom with organizations like Freedom House and Reporters Without Borders. [FULL STORY]