In related news, the visiting chair of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), James Moriarty, restated the basis of the US “one China” policy. Moriarty is in Taiwan to attend the dedication of the AIT’s new office complex in Taipei.
A recent Reuters report said the US was considering sending a warship to pass through the Taiwan Strait. Moriarty did not comment on the report but said that the US “one China” policy was based on the Three Communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act.
The US maintains a strategic ambiguity with regards to Taiwan’s status. The Three Communiques between the US and China acknowledge that China claims Taiwan but do not officially recognize that claim. The Taiwan Relations Act makes provisions for relations with Taiwan in the absence of formal diplomatic ties, including arms sales.
Reuters reported on June 4 that US officials were considering sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait to counter China’s recent aggressive posturing in the region. The last such passage of a warship was in July last year. An American aircraft carrier has not been seen in the Taiwan Strait since 2007, under the George W Bush administration.