As Reuters reported on March 31, American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Sandra Oudkirk said that China’s diplomatic and economic pressure on Taiwan poses a threat to all democratic countries in the Indo-Pacific region. To counter China’s actions, the U.S. would help the island in various ways.
Speaking at the American Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan’s annual Hsieh Nian Fan event on Wednesday evening, Oudkirk stated, “The PRC’s increasingly aggressive behavior is nowhere more evident than in relation to Taiwan, where the PRC has continued to exert military, diplomatic, and economic pressure.”
She added that China’s military activities near Taiwan “are destabilizing, risk miscalculation, and undermine regional peace and stability,” adding, “Continued efforts by Beijing to choke Taiwan’s international space, pressure its friends, and interfere in Taiwan’s democratic system represent a threat to all democracies.”
Oudkirk stated that the U.S. would continue “standing with allies and partners to advance our shared prosperity, security and values in the region,” which is a key priority of the Biden administration.
According to Oudkirk, the U.S. remains committed to helping Taiwan maintain its ability to deter aggression and defend itself to strengthen Taiwan’s role as a regional security partner.
“We have a shared and abiding interest in peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. We consider this central to the security and stability of the broader Indo-Pacific region and are deeply concerned by ongoing PRC efforts to undermine that stability.”
In addition, the U.S. will keep working with Taiwan to increase global supply chain resilience.
Oudkirk said that both sides are working together to diversify critical supply chains and related eco-systems to encourage mutually beneficial investment in important industries like semiconductors, electric vehicles, cybersecurity, 5G, renewable energy, and energy storage.
Moreover, she added that the U.S. would continue to support “efforts to preserve and expand Taiwan’s international space,” providing Taiwan with additional opportunities to share its experience at multilateral forums and communicate with international partners.
In addition, she said that economic and people-to-people ties between the U.S. and Taiwan remain the bedrock of their relationship.