U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan recently told Bloomberg Television during an interview that a Chinese invasion of Taiwan remains a "distinct threat" and the U.S. remains opposed to any effort to change the status quo by force. Meanwhile, a U.S. congressional delegation arrived in Taiwan on Sept. 7 and met with President Tsai Ing-wen a day later.
On Sept. 8, President Tsai Ing-wen received a bipartisan U.S. congressional delegation. The visitors were Representatives Stephanie Murphy and Kai Kahele from the Democratic Party, and Representatives Scott Franklin, Joe Wilson, Andy Barr, Darrell Issa, Claudia Tenney, and Kat Cammack from the Republican Party. In her speech, Tsai thanked the eight visitors for their past support of Taiwan and for visiting Taiwan in a show of support following Chinese military exercises, saying this shows the great bilateral relationship. Tsai said Taiwan will not succumb to threats and will work with democratic partners to jointly uphold regional peace and stability. She also expressed her hope that the bilateral trade relationship can deepen.
Tsai Ing-wen, President: “We expect and have confidence in negotiating and signing a high standard trade agreement with the U.S. to facilitate the growth of bilateral trade. At the same time, we also hope to sign a double taxation avoidance agreement with the U.S. in the future, thereby creating a better investment environment. I hope the representatives present here can all support this.”
Stephanie Murphy, US Representative: “One of the most important things Congress can do right now is to deepen (the) economic relationship with Taiwan, in particular by pushing for a high quality free trade agreement between the U.S. and Taiwan. And I personally would like to see a Din Tai Fung in Orlando.”
Murphy also spoke about deepening bilateral relationships, and joked that she hopes Din Tai Fung can open a restaurant in the Orlando area. Meanwhile, U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told Bloomberg Television that a Chinese invasion of Taiwan remains a "distinct threat."
Jake Sullivan, US National Security Advisor: “I think it remains a distinct threat that there could be a military contingency around Taiwan and the People's Republic of China has actually stated as official policy that it is not taking the invasion of Taiwan off the table. The American position has remained steadfast and consistent and we will continue to push back against any effort to change the status quo by force.”
Sullivan also spoke about the "Taiwan Policy Act of 2022" introduced by members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He said it can effectively strengthen Taiwan's security although he has concerns about part of the content. There are reports that the White House is worried that this bill will conflict with the U.S.' "fuzzy" strategy towards Taiwan. Meanwhile, a delegation of five French senators visited the Legislative Yuan. There are reports that one of them tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Taiwan. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it launched contingency measures in accordance with Central Epidemic Command Center regulations and this senator will participate in events virtually. The ministry also said this senator was not in close contact with other members of the delegation, so they will be allowed to follow their itinerary.