‘Message to Compatriots in Taiwan’ changes status quo: U.S. senator

The China Post
Date: Jan. 10, 201966
By: Chiang Chin-yeh and Evelyn Kao 

WASHINGTON (CNA) — U.S. Senator Cory Gardner said on Jan. 9 that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) recent speech on Taiwan changes the status quo across the Taiwan Strait and is a warning to the United States.

When asked by Taiwan media about Xi’s Jan. 2 address after a seminar held by a Washington-based think tank, Gardner, chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, also said the U.S. should adhere to its commitment to Taiwan.

Gardner noted that the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018 contains significant language dedicated to the U.S. relationship with Taiwan, including provisions to ensure U.S. arms sales and facilitate high-level visits to Taiwan from the U.S. and “We will continue to pursue those commitments and protections … Our commitment to our relationship with Taiwan is stronger than ever.”

Asked whether he will encourage President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to visit Washington, Gardner did not give a response, saying only that he met with Tsai when she made transit through Los Angeles last year, and he hopes similar arrangements can be made in the future.    [FULL  STORY]

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