Sun, Jan 05, 2014 - Page 1 News List

Taiwan seeks ‘further US military ties’

BETTER COOPERATION:Representative to the US King Pu-tsung said Taiwan has had more support from US lawmakers last year to join the Rim of the Pacific Exercise

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

King added in the report that the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US has scheduled conferences and other events in Washington this year to mark the 35th anniversary of the enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act to highlight the importance of the law.

Although tensions across the Taiwan Strait have gradually eased, threats of force by China against Taiwan must never be ignored, King said.

If the US can continue to provide Taiwan with weapons, in accordance with the Taiwan Relations Act, it can not only help Taiwan beef up its self-defense capability and boost confidence in its negotiations with China, but also lay down foundations for stability in cross-strait relations and peace in East Asia, King said.

Taiwan welcomes more US arms sales, including “advanced fighter jets,” and looks forward to consolidating its military and security partnership with the US in the areas of coordination of military strategies, anti-terrorism and cybersecurity, he said.

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