08.14.18

Gardner Reaffirms Importance of US-Taiwan Friendship in Meeting with President Tsai

Washington, DC –  Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, on Monday met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in Los Angeles, CA.

“I thank President Tsai for the opportunity to meet yesterday during her transit through the United States,” Gardner said. “As China continues its aggressive and unwarranted campaign to delegitimize Taiwan, the strong reaffirmation of America’s support for the people of Taiwan is more important than ever.


“President Tsai and I discussed a broad range of issues, including strengthening our defense ties and additional US support for Taiwan’s participation in appropriate international organizations. I also outlined for President Tsai the bipartisan initiatives that I am leading through Congress to strengthen US support for Taiwan, including the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA) and the Taiwan International Participation Act (TIPA). I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure US policy fully supports a free and democratic Taiwan for generations to come.”

 

Senators Gardner and Ed Markey (D-MA) have worked closely on Asia policy. In April, Gardner and Markey introduced the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA), which is designed to serve as a policy framework to enhance U.S. leadership in the Indo-Pacific region and to demonstrate a commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific with a rules-based international order. 

 

Gardner and Markey also introduced TIPA in May of this year. TIPA establishes that it is United States policy to support Taiwan’s participation in appropriate international organizations. The legislation is in response to unprecedented pressure international organizations are facing from nations like China to exclude Taiwan from those organizations, including International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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