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White House reaffirms support for Taiwan amid China's threat

ROC Central News Agency

03/09/2021 01:43 PM

Washington, March 8 (CNA) The White House on Monday ignored China's threats on Taiwan, saying that its position on Taiwan remains unchanged and that Washington will continue to support the island by contributing to its self-defense capabilities.

"Our position on Taiwan remains clear. We will stand with friends and allies to advance our shared prosperity, security, and values in the Indo Pacific region," White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters during a regular press briefing.

She was responding to comments by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (王毅) on March 7 that called on the U.S. to stop "crossing lines and playing with fire" on Taiwan, as part of a broad series of warnings to President Joe Biden against meddling in Beijing's affairs.

At a press conference in Beijing for the annual National People's Congress, Wang also said the Chinese government has no room for compromise or concessions on the Taiwan issue, and asked that the Biden administration roll back what he called former President Trump's "dangerous practice of showing support for Taiwan."

"We maintain our long-standing commitments as outlined in the three communiques, the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances, and we will continue to assist Taiwan in maintaining a sufficient self-defense capability. So, our position remains the same," Psaki said.

In a press briefing Tuesday, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Joanne Ou (歐江安) thanked the Biden administration for its support for Taiwan and said Taiwan will continue to deepen its "comprehensive partnership" with the U.S.

Ou also took a swipe at Wang's recent statement, saying "Taiwan has never been a part of the People's Republic of China," and she argued that Beijing's continued suppression of Taiwan will only bolster international support for Taiwan.

On the same day Wang made his comments, Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) responded that Taiwan has the right to engage with the international community.

"Only the people of Taiwan have the right to decide the country's future," the MAC said.

(By Chiang Chin-yeh, Emersom Lim and Ko Lin)

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