US raises Taiwan in Indo-Pacific strategy

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Foreign ministry spokesperson Andrew Lee has thanked US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for mentioning the importance of Taiwan in a speech on the US Indo-Pacific strategy. (Photo by CNA)

The foreign ministry has thanked the United States for mentioning the importance of Taiwan in a speech on the US Indo-Pacific strategy. That’s the word from foreign ministry spokesperson Andrew Lee on Tuesday.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday gave his keynote address on “America’s Indo-Pacific Economic Vision” at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC. Pompeo cited numerous US partners including Thailand, Vietnam, India, and Mongolia, and the development of regional peace and prosperity.

Pompeo also said Taiwan has continued to develop its economy and democracy for it to become a high-tech powerhouse.

At a press conference on Tuesday, foreign ministry spokesperson Andrew Lee expressed the government’s gratitude for Pompeo bringing up Taiwan in his speech. The ministry also thanked the US for emphasizing the role that Taiwan can play in the region. Lee said it went on to show that the US values Taiwan as an indispensable partner under the Indo-Pacific strategy.