Date: Aug 15, 2015
By: Staff writer, with CNA
The US on Thursday reiterated its obligations stipulated in the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and its commitment to ensure that Taiwan has the ability to defend itself and be free from coercion or intimidation.
US Department of State spokesman John Kirby made the remarks in a daily press briefing after being asked about the status of the US security commitment to Taiwan.
A meeting between China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Zhang Zhijun (張志軍), US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel in the US that same day drew media attention, as Taiwan is set to hold a presidential election in January next year and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) is scheduled to visit the US next month. [FULL STORY]