U.S. supports Taiwan self-defense capability: Schriver

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/02/08
By: Rita Cheng and Joseph Yeh 

Washington, Feb. 7 (CNA) The United States continues to support Taiwan through the “faithful implementation” of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) which ensures the country has sufficient defense capability in the face of the growing threat from China, said Randall Schriver, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, Thursday.

Answering questions at a seminar in Washington D.C. on China’s global rise, Schriver said the U.S. is well aware of China’s increasing aggressiveness in pursuit of “reunification” with Taiwan, whether by stealing away its diplomatic allies or conducting military drills around the island.

However, he also noted that there is a lot of support and goodwill for Taiwan, a democratic economy that is the 11 largest trading partner of the U.S.

Calling Washington-Taipei ties an important relationship, Schriver said the U.S. will ensure the people of Taiwan have a say about Taiwan’s future.    [FULL  STORY]

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