A U.S.official in charge of Taiwan related affairs has said that Washington supports Taipei’s efforts to expand its participation in international activities in a constructive way.
“We will review ways to expand Taiwan’s international space, which is important,” said James Heller, head of the Office of Taiwan Coordination at the U.S. Department of State, at a thanksgiving dinner party held by the Greater Washington Chapter of the Taiwanese Association of America on Saturday.
He further elaborated that the United States encourages expansion of Taiwan’s international space and its ability to participate in a constructive way in organizations that don’t require statehood as a condition for membership or in other corporate institutes.
The U.S. government is aware that people in Taiwan have much to contribute in terms of economics, security, climate change, health care and law enforcement, Heller added.
While the U.S. will soon hold its presidential election, Heller noted that the current government will leave “the next administration a success story in Asia. Our strategic engagement in the Asia-Pacific region benefits Americans and nothing exceeds that success.”
The future of the U.S. in terms of economic development, security and in many other ways is inextricably linked to this dynamic and growing region, Heller said.
Regardless of who becomes the next president, it remains in the United States’ national interest to support the prosperity and stability of the Asia-Pacific region by continuing to play an active role in the area, he said, “the United States still needs to work with our Asian partners, including Taiwan.”
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel