TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s president and an unofficial delegation of former senior U.S. government officials sent by President Joe Biden reaffirmed “rock solid” U.S.-Taiwan ties, amid heightened tensions with China.
The U.S. has expressed a “rock solid support for Taiwan,” President Tsai Ing-wen said Thursday in opening remarks before the two sides met in Taipei, the island’s capital.
“I can see with confidence that the United States’ partnership with Taiwan is stronger than ever,” former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd said. “We share deep economic ties and mutual commitment to democratic values, and critically important security partnership.”
Dodd, a Democratic senator from Connecticut from 1981 to 2011, was accompanied by two former deputy secretaries of state, James Steinberg from the Democratic Obama administration and Richard Armitage, who served under Republican President George W. Bush.