Kerry says US will step up re­la­tions with ROC

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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