Democrat-controlled House won’t affect pro-Taiwan sentiment: MOFA

Taipei, A Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives following the midterm elections will not affect the Taiwan-friendly sentiment of the U.S. Congress, Deputy Foreign Minister Kelly Hsieh (???) said Monday.

The Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the midterm elections last week, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump, as the Democratic majority in the lower chamber, the first in eight years, is in a position to restrict his ability to steer policies through Congress, according to foreign media reports.

Meanwhile, the Republicans, consolidated their grip on the Senate, ensuring that Trump can still make key appointments, according to the reports.

Asked by lawmakers whether a Democratic-majority House could impact warming Taiwan-U.S. ties under the Trump administration, Hsieh, who oversees U.S. affairs, said he doesn't share such concerns, during a Legislative hearing Monday.

Both the Democrats and Republicans have shown strong support for Taiwan in the Congress and the latest midterm results will not affect that overall pro-Taiwan attitude, Hsieh noted.

Also, Hsieh said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who is poised to become speaker again, has long been considered a hardliner toward Beijing.

Hsieh said although the Democrats are talking about more checks and balances on Trump's policies, such attempts are more likely to focus on domestic policy, including his tougher stance on immigration, rather than policy toward Taiwan.

Asked how the intensifying U.S.-China trade war could affect Taiwanese companies based in China, Deputy Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua (???) said the ministry does not expect the trade war to end anytime soon.

That is why more and more Taiwanese companies that currently use China as a manufacturing base are seriously considering returning to Taiwan, Wang said during the same Legislative hearing.

In addition, the government is doing its best to provide better incentives, including easier access to labor, land and a stable supply of electricity and water, to those companies thinking about returning home, she added.

Hsieh and Wang made the comments during briefings in the Legislative Yuan detailing the government's evaluation of the impact of the U.S. midterm elections and U.S.-China trade war on Taiwan.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel