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U.S. has role in Taiwan's development of China ties: official
Central News Agency
2014-06-10 10:53 PM
Taipei, June 10 (CNA) The United States has "a role to play" in helping Taiwan have confidence in continuing to improve ties with China, a U.S. official told reporters from around the Asia-Pacific region Tuesday. In order to make significant progress in the cross-Taiwan Strait dialogue, the people of Taiwan need to have the confidence that they are secure and the confidence that they are not vulnerable to military coercion and military threat from China, Daniel Russel, assistant secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said during a telephone news conference. "In that context, of course, the U.S. has a role to play," he said when asked about the issue of security relations between Taiwan and the United States. But most importantly, Beijing -- in its approach and in its military strategy -- can and should help generate confidence among the people of Taiwan, which will allow for continuing expanded progress, he added. Over the past five years, the world has seen significant progress in cross-strait relations and that is something the U.S. welcomes and supports, he said. "We think that cross-strait relations, by progressing at a pace that the people on both sides are comfortable with, contribute directly and significantly to the security of the United States and the region," Russel said. On the issue of Taipei-Washington ties, he said Taiwan is "a very important economy" and "a very important friend of the United States." "And we value very much the strong, friendly, robust, growing and unofficial relations that we enjoy with Taiwan," he added. However, he did not comment on potential U.S. arms sales to Taiwan when asked about the issue of U.S. helping Taiwan acquire diesel-electric submarines. As for the issue of Taiwan not being invited to participate in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise, the world's biggest international maritime warfare exercise that will kick off later this month, he told reporters to direct their questions to the U.S. Department of Defense. During the news conference, reporters from China and Vietnam also asked about territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Russel said the U.S. does not take a position on the territorial claims by countries in the region, but reiterated that the disputes should be resolved in a peaceful way. He recommended that both Vietnam and China remove all of their ships from disputed areas and that China should remove an oil rig that was deployed in early May in an area of the South China Sea that Hanoi insists is within its exclusive economic zone. By doing so, it would "create space for a diplomatic process that would manage tension," he said. Rich in natural resources, the South China Sea is claimed either entirely or in part by Taiwan, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei. (By Elaine Hou)
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