Taiwan reliable partner of U.S: envoy

Taiwan and the United States share many common values and regardless of who is U.S. president, Taiwan will remain one of the U.S.’s most reliable and trustworthy partners, Taiwan’s top envoy to the U.S. said Wednesday.

Stanley Kao (高碩泰) made the remarks at an event to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the opening of Taiwan’s representative office in Washington, after the U.S. severed official ties with the Republic of China and established diplomatic ties with the People’s Republic of China in 1979.

There have been concerns over the future of Taiwan-U.S. ties after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January.

In response, Kao said Taiwan has worked hard to develop ties with the U.S. for a long time and Taiwanese diplomats will continue those efforts in the hope of maintaining normal exchanges with Trump’s administrative team.

Kao also took the opportunity to thank members of both the Republican and Democratic parties in the U.S. for supporting ties with Taiwan, expressing hope that both sides will continue to work to maintain consistency and predictability in bilateral relations.

Taiwan shares many common values with the U.S. and “whoever takes control of the White House, Taiwan will remain one of the most important, reliable and trustworthy partners of the U.S.,” Kao said.

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, located on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, was officially opened on Nov. 25, 1986, he said.

At the time, Kao, who was a junior diplomat on his first assignment in Washington, was placed in charge of the move from the ROC embassy to the new representative office.

Looking back, Kao said that although relations with the U.S. have been challenging over the years, only by being creative can the two sides maximize the benefits of bilateral relations.

Also attending the celebration were former U.S. congressman Lester Wolff — who helped Taiwan secure several properties in the U.S. after the severing of diplomatic relations — and Paul Wolfowitz, chairman of the U.S-Taiwan Business Council and a former U.S. deputy secretary of defense.

Historical photos depicting the groundbreaking and the completion of the office were also on display at the celebration.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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