BILATERAL COOPERATION:The president said the US’ commitment to military security has helped to maintain stability across the Taiwan Strait and in the Asia-Pacific region
Date: Jun 06, 2016
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday urged the US to continue to provide Taiwan with
necessary defensive weapons and reinforce the two nations’ bilateral cooperation on military security, as she met with a US congressional delegation led by US Senator John McCain to discuss issues of mutual interest to Taipei and Washington.
“It is the first time McCain visited Taiwan in his capacity as chairman of the US Senate Committee on Armed Services. It is also the first time in 24 years that a US delegation led by the head of the committee has come to Taiwan,” Tsai said during their meeting at the Presidential Office.
Expressing gratitude to McCain for his active support of Taiwan in the US Congress, Tsai said the veteran senator has offered assistance to Taiwan on multiple occasions by advocating Washington’s arms sale to Taipei and strengthening Taiwan-US cooperation on security.
Other senators in the delegation have also paid close attention to the cross-strait situation, Tsai said, adding that they have not only supported the US security committee to Taiwan based on the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and the “six assurances,” but have also called for assistance for Taiwan in relation to its broader participation in international organizations. [FULL STORY]