President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday that Taiwan is an important partner of the United States and maintaining good bilateral relations is helpful to the promotion of cross-strait ties and peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
Tsai made the remarks during a meeting with a group of American journalists on a study tour in Taiwan. The visit is sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Journalism Fellowships program under the East-West Center, an organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to promote better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia and the Pacific.
The president told the visitors that Taiwan has always maintained a close relationship with the U.S. through both official and unofficial channels, according to a statement released by the Presidential Office.
She noted that Taiwan is America's 14th-largest export market and ninth-largest trading partner, which she said demonstrates the close trade partnership between the two countries.
Taiwan and America also share many common values, such as freedom, democracy, rule of law, human rights and a market economy, and are important partners in regional and global affairs, she added.
Tsai said efforts by her administration to promote foreign relations are not only aimed at protecting Taiwan's best interests but also at promoting regional peace and stability.
Taiwan attaches equal importance to its relations with the United States and China because such relations are crucial to peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region, she said.
Taiwan and China should sit down and talk as soon as possible to resolve their differences, Tsai said, adding that her position as outlined in her inaugural and National Day addresses, remains unchanged.
Source: Overseas Community Affairs Council