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Arms sales to Taiwan ensures its democracy: U.S. admiral

ROC Central News Agency

2016/02/24 11:46:35

Washington, Feb. 23 (CNA) Continued arms sales to Taiwan help ensure its democratic government, the head of the United States Pacific Command said Tuesday.

'Free and fair democratic elections in January on the island of Taiwan reflect shared values with the U.S.,' Admiral Harry B. Harris said in written testimony for a hearing held by the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Forces Korea.

In the testimony, he said the United States Pacific Command 'will continue to fulfill U.S. commitments under the Taiwan Relations Act.'

'Continued arms sales to Taiwan are an important part of that policy and help ensure the preservation of democratic government institutions,' he said.

(By Tony Liao and Christie Chen)

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