U.S. urged to think creatively on relations with Taiwan

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Randall Schriver/CNA file photo

Randall Schriver/CNA file photo

Washington, Aug. 8 (CNA) Randall Schriver, the U.S. assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, said Tuesday that Taiwan is an important contributor to the "free, open concepts" of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy, and it is to the benefit of the United States to think how to continue its non-diplomatic relations with Taiwan creatively.

Concerning the role that Taiwan plays, Schriver explained that Taiwan is an important contributor that "truly demonstrates the free part in terms of internal good governance, democracy, respect for humanitarian rights and religious freedom."

Taiwan has a great record historically in humanitarian aid and disaster relief through its nongovernmental organizations, Schriver added.

Asked about a comment on the Taiwan provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA 2019FY), Schriver said the congressional statement in the NDAA 2019FY is acknowledged as "strong support for Taiwan" by the U.S. Congress.

The Pentagon is still reviewing the Taiwan-related provisions in NDAA 2019FY, as the act was only passed last week, Schriver told CNA.

However, the U.S. government will adhere to the Taiwan Relations Act, enacted in 1979, to cope with the issues of potential hospital ship visits to Taiwan and high-level exchanges between U.S. and Taiwanese officials, Schriver said.

Shriver made the remarks at a forum titled "An American Strategy for Southeast Asia" held by the American Enterprise Institute.

(By Rita Cheng and Hsu Hsiao-ling)

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