MOFA thanks U.S. for mentioning Taiwan in Indo-Pacific vision

Taipei, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday thanked the U.S. for mentioning Taiwan in a speech on America's Indo-Pacific strategy given by the secretary of state on Monday, suggesting the reference indicates the importance Washington attaches to Taipei as an important partner in the new policy.

In his keynote address titled "America's Indo-Pacific Economic Vision," Mike Pompeo cited a series of American partners in the region, including Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

"We (U.S.) helped Hong Kong, Singapore, and other Southeast Asian economies rise from the '70s onward. In Taiwan, economic development went hand-in-hand with creating an open, democratic society that blossomed into a high-tech powerhouse," he said at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C.

Asked to comment, MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (???) expressed the government's gratitude that Pompeo mentioned Taiwan on such an occasion.

"This shows that the U.S. side values Taiwan as an indispensable partner under the Indo-Pacific strategy," he noted.

Taiwan's government will continue to work with the U.S. and regional partners to demonstrate the country's strengths in various fields. It will also integrate such efforts with its New Southbound Policy which aims to enhance exchange with neighboring countries, ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand, Lee said.

The Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy, introduced by the Trump administration in November 2017, encompasses an area stretching from the U.S. West Coast to Japan, down through Southeast Asia to Australia, and west to India.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel