Kerry says US will step up relations with ROC
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said recently that Washington will continue to step up efforts to improve its relations with Taiwan, which is a key stakeholder of the U.S. Asia-Pacific regional policy.
In answer to a written interrogatory from U.S. congressman Gerry Connolly on the 36th anniversary of the enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act, Kerry described Taiwan as a fundamental element of the Obama administration’s “rebalancing to Asia” policy.
The United States will continue to expand and improve its solid and multi-sided unofficial rela- tions with Taiwan, which is a crucial partner for Washington in terms of security and economics, he said.
Kerry noted that the U.S. continues to strengthen its exchanges on trade and investment with Taiwan through the bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), and that it welcomes Taiwan’s bid to join the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade bloc, which is led by the U.S.
Washington also follows the Taiwan Relations Act and a “one China” policy to provide Taiwan with defensive weapons and services that can beef up Taiwan’s defensive capabilities, he said.