President: Taiwan to work with US for Asia-Pacific peace

President Tsai Ing-wen says she hopes that Taiwan can work with the United States to maintain peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific. Tsai was speaking with visiting former US undersecretary of state Wendy Sherman on Thursday at a seminar on security dialogue involving Taiwan, US and Japan.

Tsai told Sherman that she hopes for deeper relations between Taiwan and the US. Tsai said the US is a leader in democracy and a most solid partner to Taiwan.

Tsai said Taiwan and the US share the core values of freedom, democracy, human rights and social justice. She said the two sides have built up close cooperation in areas of politics, security, economy, culture and civil exchanges.

"We are very thankful for the many years that the US has been committed to the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances to ensure the safety and democratic values of Taiwan. We will continue to act as a reliable partner in maintaining security in the region and to work together to uphold peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific," Tsai said.

The Taiwan Relations Act provides the legal basis for the unofficial relations between Taiwan and the US. The Six Assurances were added a few years later as guidelines for conducting relations between the two sides.

Source: Radio Taiwan International