President Tsai Ing-wen says the new office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) marks an exciting new chapter in the relations between Taiwan and the US. Tsai was speaking on Tuesday at the dedication of the new de facto US embassy in Taipei.
Tsai said both Taiwan and the US can overcome all obstacles as long as they stand united.
"For it is true the friendship between Taiwan and the US has never been more promising. The great story of Taiwan-US relations remain to be filled with the efforts of those that will one day occupy this building. I trust that with the renewed presence of the AIT, future chapters will be written -- each better and more vibrant than the last," Tsai said.
Also present at the dedication was Marie Royce, the US Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. Royce said the two sides’ shared convictions, values and trust form a strong foundation for cooperation across a range of issues. Royce said she looks forward to even greater cooperation in the future.
The new AIT complex in the Neihu district of Taipei has been built at a reported cost of US$250 million.