Taiwan’s representative to the United States, Stanley Kao, says Taiwan's close relationship with the US has the potential to improve even further. Kao was speaking Sunday during a parade held in Washington, D.C. to mark the Lunar New Year.
Kao called the Republic of China's independent sovereignty an “objective fact and the status quo.” The Republic of China is Taiwan’s official name. He said the government will continue to defend Taiwan’s democratic values.
Kao was responding to remarks made by US State Department official Susan Thorton at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations last week. Thorton said that Washington “does not recognize Taiwan as an independent country.” Thorton, the acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, is responsible for US policy towards Taiwan, China, and Mongolia.
Kao said there are no barriers when it comes to communication between the US and Taiwan, adding that Taiwan has made its position on sovereignty clear to the US. Kao also said that Taipei and Washington have made noteworthy achievements in their bilateral ties over the past year.