President Tsai Ing-wen said that she hopes the Donald Trump administration will stick to the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances in aiding Taiwan's defense. She was speaking with a visiting delegation from the US think tank The National Bureau of Asian Research on Wednesday.
The Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) forms the basis of Taiwan's relationship with the United States in the absence of diplomatic ties. Notably, the TRA requires the US to supply Taiwan with "arms of a defensive character". It also says the US must maintain the capacity to "resist any resort to force" that would jeopardize Taiwan.
The Six Assurances are pledges that US President Ronald Reagan made in 1982. Under those assurances, the US State Department says that the United States does not formally recognize the People's Republic of China's sovereignty over Taiwan.
Tsai said the Taiwan Relations Act is 38 years old and has been a good legal foundation for US-Taiwan relations. On this foundation, Tsai wants to see closer security cooperation, expanded trade and more trust between the two sides. She said Taiwan will be a reliable partner for the US in terms of regional peace and security.
The United States' recent national defense report said it did not support Taiwan independence but will keep its commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act. In response to this, Presidential Office Spokesperson Sidney Lin said that Taiwan is grateful for the United States' long term commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act and its aid of Taiwan's defense. Lin said that as a member of the Asia-Pacific community, Taiwan will continue to strengthen its ability to defend itself to maintain freedom and democracy for its people.
Source: Radio Taiwan International