TAIPEI: Taiwan hopes to continue its close cooperation with the United States, the island’s de facto U.S. ambassador told Antony Blinken, a longtime confidant of President-elect Joe Biden, as Taiwan moves to shore up ties with the new administration.
China claims to have sovereignty but is democratically ruled. Taiwan has unprecedented support from the administration of President Donald Trump, including increased arms sales and senior officials visiting Taipei. Biden’s election has caused some uneasiness in Taiwan.
Xiao said on Twitter on Saturday that Taiwan’s representative in Washington, Xiao Biqian, spoke to Brinken on the phone to convey Taiwan’s congratulations to Biden.
“Appreciated bipartisan support for U.S. relations with Taiwan and hope to continue close cooperation with the U.S. in coming years,” she added.
Tsai met Blinken in 2015 at the State Department when he was deputy secretary of state and she was the presidential candidate for Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
During this trip, Tsai Ing-wen also became the first Taiwanese presidential candidate to visit the White House and met with Evan Medeiros, the senior director of Asian affairs for President Barack Obama.
“It is thus clear that the government of the Democratic Party had a friendly attitude towards Taiwan,” Tsai said in a DPP-issued statement on Wednesday.
With decades of experience on Capitol Hill, the White House and the top second place in the US State Department, Brinken is widely regarded in Washington as the best candidate for Biden’s National Security Advisor or Secretary of State.
Democrat Biden has yet to discuss what role Blincoln will play in the new government.
Since Republican President Trump took office four years ago, tensions in Taiwan have escalated sharply, and China has conducted regular military exercises near the island, including during a senior US official’s visit to Taipei earlier this year.
Taiwanese officials will hold trade talks in Washington this week. Taiwan has expressed confidence to continue these trade talks during the new administration, and pointed out that the two parties in the United States support Taiwan.