President Tsai Ing-wen met with new American Institute in Taiwan Director Sandra Oudkirk on Aug. 10. Tsai thanked the US for its vaccine donation.
President Tsai Ing-wen met with new American Institute in Taiwan Director Sandra Oudkirk on Aug. 10. Tsai thanked the US for donating 2.5 million COVID vaccines and called the US "a true friend in times of adversity."
Tsai also said the latest weapon sale approved by the Biden administration to Taiwan would allow Taiwan and the US to jointly uphold security in the Indo-Pacific.
Tsai Ing-wen, President of the ROC:”I hope the friendship between Taiwan and the US will continue to deepen upon the deep, existing foundation into a progressive and cooperative partnership. Even more than that, I hope (Sandra Oudkirk) can flex her creative muscles. Hand-in-hand, we can work together to take Taiwan-US relations to the next level.
Sandra Oudkirk, Director, American Institute in Taiwan:”As you all know, the US-Taiwan relationship is at a high watermark. And I really do hope to be able to work directly with you, madam, and with all of our colleagues here, to build and strengthen that relationship and to move forward.”
Oudkirk said she was very excited to be the new AIT director and that Taiwan had bipartisan support in the US. She also said the US would stand firm on its promise to Taiwan. AIT Chair James Moriarty recently said systemic changes in China are one of the major risk factors contributing to unprecedented uncertainty in the Taiwan Strait.
Voice of James Moriarty, Chair, American Institute in Taiwan:”And now you have president Xi Jinping, who seems unwilling to repeat patience with respect to Taiwan. And instead uses a formulation that he needs to see progress on unification during his term as leader.”
Moriarty went on to say that it would take a multilateral effort to maintain peace in the Taiwan Strait with the US playing a key role by making its presence known in the region through demonstrations of its capabilities and the execution of effective responses. The US' allies include Japan, South Korea, and Europe, which have all started focusing in on stability in the strait during the last few years.