U.S.-Taiwan relations more important than ever: AIT Director Brent Christensen

Relationship is key to stable and free Indo-Pacific

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/04/10
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act, relations

AIT Director Brent Christensen. (By Central News Agency)

between the United States and Taiwan were more important than ever, American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Brent Christensen said in a letter to the media Wednesday.

The U.S. envoy emphasized that the relationship was built on shared values to a level that could never have been guessed by the members of Congress who approved the law proposal in 1979, the Apple Daily reported.

In his message, the Taipei-based AIT director criticized governments which chose to limit hard-won freedoms in the hope of achieving economic progress, while also condemning practices which imperiled the free market, such as theft of intellectual property.

Future challenges also included facing countries which tried to expand their territory and their control over sea lanes, the Apple Daily quoted Christensen as writing.

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