Following a landmark visit to the White House on Wednesday, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) met US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday, making her the first Taiwanese presidential candidate to have entered the US Department of State headquarters.
US Department of State officials said at a post-meeting press conference that they appreciated Tsai’s visit, during which she held “constructive” talks with US officials.
Based on the US’ “one China” policy — as stipulated in the Three Joint Communiques between Washington and Beijing and the US’ Taiwan Relations Act — the US has developed solid unofficial ties with Taiwan, the officials said.
Photo: Chen Hui-ping, Taipei Times
The US has committed to supporting Taiwan’s security, freedom from coercion and economic prosperity, while helping it attain dignity and respect in the international community, they added.
Tsai entered the Harry S. Truman Building — the US Department of State headquarters — in the company of DPP Secretary-General Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), DPP Legislator Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴) and the party’s Washington liaison, Michael Fonte.
The meeting with Blinken lasted about an hour.
Asked if she felt the US government has “upgraded” its treatment of her compared with her visit in 2011, Tsai said: “This is a simple fact. I walked in [the building] and that is it.”
Tsai’s meeting with the US Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asia Evan Medeiros at the White House on Wednesday has been seen as a major political breakthrough for Taiwan-US relations, as she was the first Taiwanese presidential candidate to have visited the White House — a privilege not granted to Tsai on her last visit in 2011, nor to President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who visited Washington as then-Taipei mayor and KMT chairman in 2006, nor to former DPP chairman Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), who visited the US as the DPP presidential candidate in 2007.
Tsai on Wednesday also met with former US deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage and former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs Randall Schriver.
Separately on Thursday, while addressing a dinner held for Taiwanese expatriates in Washington, Tsai said she does not need to have her qualifications evaluated in any other nation and needs only to answer to 23 million Taiwanese.
Tsai said that the purpose of her US visit is not to have a job interview, but to convey two messages — that Taiwanese will stick to a democratic and free lifestyle, and that she is responsible and determined to maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.
Tsai was responding to comments made earlier this week by Chinese Ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai (崔天凱).
Noting that some people have said Tsai’s visit is aimed at seeking Washington’s endorsement prior to January’s election, Cui said he wondered why she would talk to foreigners, but not directly to her compatriots on the other side of the Taiwan Strait.
Additional reporting by CNA
BLUE WAVE: The KMT’s Chiang Wan-an defeated the DPP’s Chen Shih-chung and is to become Taipei mayor, while President Tsai Ing-wen stepped down as DPP chairperson after many of the party’s candidates, handpicked by the leadership, performed poorly The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday flipped key mayoral seats in Taipei, Taoyuan and Keelung, and won control of 13 out of 22 cities and counties in the nine-in-one local elections. President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) last night resigned as Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairperson over a poor showing by the party’s candidates, who were handpicked by the DPP leadership rather than chosen through primaries. The Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) won its first high-profile race with Hsinchu mayoral candidate Ann Kao (高虹安) defeating Shen Hui-hung (沈慧虹) of the DPP with 45.02 percent of the vote to Shen’s 35.68 percent. Voters were choosing more than
UNDETERRED: The US chip designer’s plan showed that Taiwan remains attractive for investment by global companies despite cross-strait tensions, Wang Mei-hua said US graphics chip designer Nvidia Corp is planning to relocate its Hong Kong-based logistics center to Taiwan, Minister of Economic Affairs Wang Mei-hua (王美花) said on Wednesday. The government had been in discussions with Nvidia regarding tax incentives to facilitate the move since last year, Wang said in an interview with the Central News Agency, adding that the two sides had reached a consensus. Wang did not provide details about the timetable for the move or the planned tax arrangements for Nvidia. The relocation would boost the local economy, as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) is a major supplier of graphics processing
Kaohsiung police last week busted a money laundering operation suspected of seeking to interfere in tomorrow’s local elections. The operation was allegedly headed by a man surnamed Lee (李), who had received NT$9.5 billion (US$306.18 million) from China over the past six months, Kaohsiung police said yesterday, adding that Lee’s ring is suspected to be part of a larger Chinese effort to interfere in the elections and support pro-China candidates. Officers arrested Lee, 35, and his girlfriend, searched his mansion, and seized the money he had allegedly received from China and three luxury vehicles, police said. The operation was disguised as an online
‘NEWEST’: The company’s Arizona plant is to produce 5-nanometer chips in the initial stage and would later manufacture 3-nanometer chips, Morris Chang said Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) founder Morris Chang (張忠謀) yesterday confirmed that the company plans to produce its most advanced 3-nanometer chips in the US as part of the company’s phase 2 plan at its plant in Phoenix, Arizona. The 91-year-old entrepreneur, who has been appointed as Taiwan’s envoy to APEC six times, yesterday morning held a news conference at the Presidential Office Building to discuss his delegation’s accomplishments at this year’s APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in Bangkok, which ended on Saturday. He was asked whether TSMC has plans to build advanced chips in the US. “TSMC’s plant in Arizona is