It was reported that the U.S. State Department significantly revised a briefing on U.S.-Taiwan bilateral relations on May 5, 2022, removing phrases such as “Taiwan is part of China” and “The U.S. does not support Taiwan independence.” In addition, compared to the version released on August 31, 2018, the statement related to communist China is heavily removed, although it still acknowledges that Taiwan-U.S. relations are unofficial.
The Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs of the U.S. Department of State released the latest “Fact Sheet on the Current Status of U.S.-Taiwan Relations” on May 5.
The new version states that “Taiwan, as a leading democratic society and a technological powerhouse, is an important partner for the United States in the Indo-Pacific region” and that the United States and Taiwan share similar values, deep business and economic and strong civil ties that are the cornerstones of friendship and the impetus for expanding U.S. engagement with Taiwan.
Through the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), a non-governmental organization authorized by the Taiwan Relations Act, the United States conducts unofficial relations and cooperation with Taiwan continues to expand. Taiwan is an essential partner for the United States in investment, public health, semiconductors, other key supply chains, investment review, technology, education, and progressive democratic values.
In addition, the new briefing also mentions that “the United States has long pursued a ‘one-China’ policy based on the Taiwan Relations Act, the three communiqués and the Six Assurances. Although the United States does not have diplomatic relations with Taiwan, we have a strong unofficial relationship and an abiding interest in maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. The United States continues to encourage the peaceful resolution of cross-strait differences in a manner consistent with the wishes and best interests of the people of Taiwan.”
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