TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Following the U.S. National Security Spokesperson Garrett Marquis’ statement that “China should stop coercion and resume dialogue” with Taiwan, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) has emphasized the U.S. position that Beijing must stop its threats of violence targeting Taiwan.
On Thursday, Jan. 10, AIT spokeswoman, Amanda Mansour, reaffirmed diplomatic support for Taiwan and urged Beijing to resume constructive dialogue with the Tsai government.
Following Xi Jinping’s speech on cross-strait relations and his statement that Beijing will not renounce the use of force in its goal of annexing Taiwan, a number American law makers and at least one White House official have expressed support for Taiwan and the country’s democratically elected government in the face of threats from China.
The AIT statement shared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Twitter
Mansour made it clear on Thursday, the White House and the AIT stand by the statements of Garrett Marquis and firmly declare that U.S. categorically rejects the threat or use of force by China to compel the people of Taiwan.
The statement declared that the U.S. has a "deep and abiding interest" in maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, while referring to Taiwan as "a democratic success story, a reliable partner, and a force for good in the world."