President Tsai Ing-wen has thanked the US-based nonprofit policy organization the National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP) for its long-term support in Taiwan-US relations. Tsai was speaking on Thursday while receiving an NCAFP delegation in Taipei.
Tsai said Taiwan plays an active role in regional affairs and hopes that neighboring countries can work together to maintain regional peace and prosperity. She said her government’s New Southbound policy has brought growth in trade, tourism and exchanges with other countries in the region.
Tsai said Taiwan will continue to work with the US and thanked the Trump administration’s support for Taiwan.
Tsai said, “We would also like to thank the Trump administration for its support through the Taiwan Relations Act by announcing an arms deal for Taiwan in June. In order to strengthen Taiwan’s defense, we will be increasing our national defense budget in the future for the procurement of advanced hardware.”
President Tsai told the delegation that Taiwan is a trustworthy partner and also a responsible actor in the international community.