Tsai Meets Oudkirk and Envisage Better Bilateral Ties 接見孫曉雅 總統盼台美關係更上層樓

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.

 

 


總統蔡英文10號在總統府接見,新上任的美國在台協會處長孫曉雅,總統蔡英文也感謝美國及時捐贈台灣250萬劑疫苗,是逆境中真正的朋友,另外拜登政府也通過對台軍售,強化台灣自我防衛能力,將與美國共同維護印太安全,未來將持續深化台美合作夥伴關係。


總統 蔡英文:「希望台美雙方在既有的深厚基礎上,持續深化真朋友、真進展的合作夥伴關係,更期待處長能夠發揮點創意,我們共同攜手使台美關係更上一層樓。」


美國在台協會處長孫曉雅:「如大家所知台美關係正處於巔峰狀態,希望未來能與蔡總統及其團隊共同合作,在各領域強化並拓展台美關係向前邁進。」


孫曉雅對於能夠在美台關係達到史上最佳之際擔任AIT處長,感到相當興奮,台灣在美國享有跨黨派一致支持,美國對台灣的承諾堅定不移。美國在台協會主席莫健接受CSIS智庫專訪時表示,中國近年制度上的改變是台海最危險因素之一。他認為在中國國家主席習近平一人決策下,台海面臨的是空前的不確定性。


美國在台協會主席莫健:「現在習近平主席似乎不願意在台灣問題上持續有耐心,而是使用一種論述去表示他需要在他的任期內取得進展。」


莫健提到維持台海嚇阻力未來仍會是美國重點工作,這要靠多方面努力,軍事上,美方必須在區域展現存在感且蓄勢待發,展現有能力做出有效回應。而美國盟友夥伴也是相當重要一環,近來日韓、歐洲態度都有所轉變,開始談論起台海和平穩定,這也是3年前無法想像的事。
 

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