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Cross-strait thaw boosts Taiwan-US relations: MOFA

Staff writer, with CNA

Relations between Taiwan and the US have strengthened over the past few years because of a thaw in cross-strait tension, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official told the a special meeting of the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) caucus yesterday.

Bruce Linghu (令狐榮達), the director-general of the ministry’s Department of North American Affairs, cited US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s reference of Taiwan as “an important security and economic partner” for the US at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum event in November last year to underscore improvement in Taipei-Washington relations.

Moreover, Linghu said Winston Lord, a former US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, has described the current trilateral Taiwan-US-China relations as in their best shape in 60 years.

In a special report to the TSU caucus, Linghu said the US is expected to continue to beef up its influence in Asia under its “back to Asia” policy, as seen in its new defense strategy unveiled in January this year.

Against this backdrop, Linghu said, Taiwan will continue to deepen its strategic and economic partnership with the US, which would be in the interests of both cross-strait relations and those of the entire region.

TSU caucus whip Hsu Chung-hsin (許忠信) said the caucus had hosted the special session to help the public better understand the current state of triangular Taiwan-US-China ties.

The government must use wisdom and exercise prudence in playing a balancing act in dealing with the two big powers, Hsu said.

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