Sandra Oudkirk Appointed as the New AIT Director 亞太副助卿孫曉雅將任AIT處長 女性首例

Sandra Oudkirk will become the first female director of the American Institute in Taiwan. The US diplomacy veteran speaks Mandarin Chinese and visited Taipei in 2019 after the Solomon Islands cut diplomatic ties with Taipei for Beijing.
 


American Institute in Taiwan Director Brent Christensen's three-year term has ended. On July 6, the AIT announced that his successor will be US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands Sandra Oudkirk. Oudkirk has been in the US Foreign Service for 30 years, and was previously posted to Beijing and Taipei. She is the first female AIT director since it was established in 1979.

I am here today representing President Trump and Secretary Pompeo to kick-off this inaugural dialogue.

In September 2019, the Solomon Islands and Kiribati successively severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Oudkirk openly criticized China's actions and expressed her support for Taiwan during a congressional hearing.Two weeks later, she visited Taiwan as a representative of the Trump administration to take part in the inaugural Pacific Islands Dialogue. She met with President Tsai Ing-wen, and used actions to show her support for Taiwan.

Director Oudkirk has a deep understanding of the Taiwan-US relationship. She is also a long-time friend of Taiwan. Our government looks forward to seeing Director Oudkirk lead the American Institute in Taiwan's Taipei office team and continuing our close cooperation.

The US has shown support for Taiwan several times in recent times, including donating 2.5 million Moderna vaccines. The threat of China continues to loom over the US, and White House National Security Council Indo-Pacific Coordinator Kurt Campbell said on July 6 that it's possible for the US and China to coexist peacefully, but the challenge is enormous. He offered a cautious answer when questioned about Taiwan, saying the US supports a strong unofficial relationship with Taiwan.

We support a strong unofficial relationship with Taiwan. We do not support Taiwan independence. We fully recognize, understand the sensitivities involved here. We do believe Taiwan has a right to live in peace.

Campbell also expressed his support for Taiwan's international participation, but he reiterated that the US position has always been to maintain a balance over Taiwan, as the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait has global ramifications.
 

 

 

AIT處長酈英傑3年任期屆滿即將離任,AIT在6號正式宣布,由主管紐澳與太平洋島國事務的國務院亞太副助卿孫曉雅接任處長,孫曉雅擁有30年外交資歷,過去曾派駐北京及台北,經歷豐富,也將成為AIT於1979年成立以來首位女性處長。

美國國務院亞太副助卿 孫曉雅 (2019.10.07)表示:「我今天在此代表川普總統,與龐佩奧國務卿,啟動這次台美首度對話。」

2019年9月底索羅門、吉里巴斯相繼與台灣斷交,孫曉雅當時在國會聽證會上公開批評北京作為,力挺台灣,兩週後,就代表川普政府來台參加首屆台美太平洋對話,並且與總統蔡英文會面,以行動展現對台灣的支持。

外交部發言人 歐江安表示:「孫曉雅處長,她對於台美關係的議題,深入了解,也是台灣的長期友人。我國政府,我們期待孫曉雅處長,能夠帶領出任美國在台協會,台北辦事處的團隊,與我方繼續密切的合作。」

美國近來挺台動作不斷,更贈送台灣250萬劑疫苗,面對中國威脅擴大,美國白宮國家安全會議印太事務協調官坎貝爾6號表示,美國與中國有可能和平共處,但挑戰非常龐大,對於台灣問題回答也相當謹慎,強調美國支持台灣尊嚴,並維持堅實的美台非官方關係。

白宮國安會印太事務協調官 坎貝爾表示:「我們支持與台灣,堅實的非官方關係,我們不支持台灣獨立。我們充分了解,這議題極具敏感性,我們相信台灣有權利,在和平下生活。」

坎貝爾支持台灣國際參與,但重申美國一貫立場,認為美方在對台事務上必須保持平衡,這攸關牽動國際局勢的台海和平穩定。

 

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