US opposes change of status quo across Taiwan Strait

US delegation visit shows how important the long-term partnership between Taiwan and the US is, says Senator Chris Coons

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U.S. Senators Chris Coons and Maggie Hassan (Source: CNA)

U.S. Senators Chris Coons and Maggie Hassan (Source: CNA)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — U.S. Senator Chris Coons said Sunday (April 28) the United States opposes any unilateral acts that would change the cross-strait status quo.

A delegation led by U.S. Senators Coons and Maggie Hassan is visiting Taiwan from April 27-29. This follows trips to Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, and Hangzhou on an East Asia tour.

The purpose of the visit is to demonstrate the long-term partnership between Taiwan and the United Sates, said Coons at a press conference held at Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Sunday.

Coons emphasized the importance of maintaining the cross-strait status quo, saying the U.S. condemns and opposes intentions or acts that could change the status quo across the Taiwan Strait. The U.S. will continue to strengthen bilateral relations with Taiwan based on its “one-China” policy and Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), Coons said.

Hassan said there is bipartisan interest in issues ranging from intellectual property rights, theft of trade secrets, to human rights and the militarization of the South China Sea. The U.S. is pursuing a lasting and constructive relationship with China but will stand up and defend its interests, added Hassan.

During their stay, the senators also met with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and visited the new office complex of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).