Taiwan government thanks Biden for restating US support
Taiwan’s Presidential Office and foreign ministry have thanked US President Joe Biden for restating Washington’s firm support of Taiwan. Biden reaffirmed the United States’ backing for Taiwan in an interview with ABC News on Wednesday.
President Biden says the US withdrawal from Afghanistan does not mean Washington is an unreliable partner. He says the United States has made a “commitment” to its partners, including Taiwan, and the situation in those countries is “not even comparable” to Afghanistan.
State Department Spokesperson Ned Price also said on Thursday that the United States has “an abiding interest in peace and security across the Taiwan Strait.” He says that Washington “will continue to support a peaceful resolution of cross-strait relations consistent with the wishes and best interests of the Taiwan people.”
Taiwan’s Presidential Office says recent arms sales to Taiwan have shown that US backing for Taiwan is still “rock solid”. It also says other countries’ increasing focus on the situation in the Taiwan Strait shows that Taiwan is an indispensable partner in ensuring global peace and prosperity.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Joanne Ou, meanwhile, has thanked the Biden administration for reaffirming its commitment to Taiwan. She says Taiwan will continue to increase its self-defense capabilities in order to protect its hard-won freedom and democracy.