The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said Friday it cannot reveal the content of a meeting that took place the same day between its officials and Taiwanese representatives.
The National Security Council (NSC) released a statement following the meeting saying that the AIT briefed Taiwan on U.S. defense policy, but it also did not provide many details.
“We cannot comment on the content of the meeting,” said Christopher Kavanagh, the spokesman for the AIT, which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic ties between Taipei and Washington.
He would only say that there are “regular interactions” between AIT and members of the NSC, the Ministry of National Defense and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Barack Obama administration said Thursday that after a decade of war, it would downsize the U.S. military, including force reductions in Europe, and shift its focus to Asia to counter China’s rising influence.
According to the NSC statement, AIT briefed Taiwanese officials on Obama’s shifting defense strategy and expressed America’s determination to maintain peace and stability in the Asia Pacific region.
“The briefing showed that the U.S. pays great attention to Taiwan,” it said, adding that Taiwan is a “long-term and strong partner” to the U.S.
Bruce Linghu, director-general of the MOFA’s Department of North American Affairs, said the meeting signified smooth communication and mutual trust.
It also conforms to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speech in November 2011, which noted the strong bond between the U.S. and Taiwan and described the island as an economic and strategic partner, he said.