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Taiwan president thanks Biden for 'rock solid' support amid China threats

Presidential Office thanks US president for vowing to 'respond' if China attacks

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, and U.S. President Joe Biden. (Facebook, Tsaiingwen and POTUS photos)

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, and U.S. President Joe Biden. (Facebook, Tsaiingwen and POTUS photos)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) administration on Friday (Aug. 20) thanked U.S. President Joe Biden for demonstrating a "rock solid" commitment to Taiwan following his pledge to "respond" if Taiwan was attacked by China.

During an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News on Wednesday, the host pointed out that China has exploited the situation to make comparisons between Afghanistan and Taiwan. "You can already see China telling Taiwan, 'See? You can't count on the Americans.'"

Biden reacted by saying the U.S. has made a "sacred commitment to Article Five" that if any country attacks NATO allies, "we would respond" and added that it would be the "same with Taiwan."

Presidential Office Spokesperson Xavier Chang (張惇涵) on Friday (Aug. 20) expressed the country's gratitude to Biden for the recent announcement of the first arms sale to Taiwan under his administration, which fulfills the Taiwan Relations Act and Six Assurances, demonstrating the U.S. "commitment to Taiwan is rock solid."

Chang said that Taiwan will continue to promote the stable development of Taiwan-U.S. relations and will continue to deepen cooperative partnerships with like-minded countries. He said that Taiwan would defend the values of freedom and democracy, and contribute to the peace, stability, and prosperity of the Taiwan Strait and Indo-Pacific region.

Chang said peace in the Taiwan Strait and Indo-Pacific region have received a great deal of international attention and discussion recently. He said this demonstrates that Taiwan "plays an indispensable role in the security and prosperity of the international community."

The spokesman reiterated that Tsai's consistent stance is "neither to succumb to pressure nor to advance rashly when we get support." He added that she emphasizes that Taiwan's only option is "to make ourselves stronger, more united, and more resolute in our determination to protect ourselves, making Taiwan's existence meaningful and more positive."

Updated : 2021-10-18 16:44 GMT+08:00