The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said on Wednesday, Feb. 23, that U.S. policy toward Taiwan has not changed and its support for Taiwan is rock solid. The American Institute in Taiwan also urged Beijing to stop military, diplomatic and economic pressure on Taiwan.
On Feb. 23, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen was briefed on the situation in Ukraine. Afterward, she gave a few instructions, including continuously strengthening the response and preparation of military developments in the Taiwan Strait to ensure national security, comprehensively improving the response to cognitive warfare, and stabilizing social morale.
Reuters said that Taiwan might be nervous that the Chinese regime will take advantage of the crisis in Ukraine to attack Taiwan.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) mouthpiece, Xinhua News Agency, reported that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he was “anti-Taiwan independence” during a phone call with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
However, the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Xinhua deliberately misled and misinterpreted statements or positions of other countries after bilateral meetings, which is a repeat offense and a loss of integrity in the international arena.
The Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs added that the U.S. side has explained the circumstances of the call to them and emphasized that the information released by the U.S. side is the main focus of all circles.
In a Facebook statement, the American Institute in Taiwan said that U.S policy toward Taiwan remains unchanged. The U.S. has “rock-solid” support for Taiwan and is committed to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
The American Institute in Taiwan said the U.S. follows a “one-China policy” based on the Taiwan Relations Act, the three U.S.-China Joint Communiques, and the Six Assurances to Taiwan. The U.S. adheres to its commitments under the Taiwan Relations Act and continues to “support Taiwan’s self-defense” and “oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo.”
The American Institute in Taiwan further stated that the U.S. strongly urges Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure on Taiwan. The recently released U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy shows a vision of freedom, openness, increased resilience, prosperity, security, and interconnectedness. The U.S. is committed to working with allies and partners to achieve the Indo-Pacific vision over the long term.