Taiwan’s representative to the United States, Gao Shuotai, told VOA that Taiwan attaches great importance to its relations with the United States. After the 2020 election came to an end, he said that there is a lot of work to be done, such as a free trade agreement between Taiwan and the United States, expanding cooperation in the security field, and expanding exchanges between people.
In an interview with Voice of America, Gao Shuotai stated that the [Taiwan Relations Act] laid the foundation for Taiwan-US relations. When talking about the future relationship between Taiwan and the United States, he said that efforts should be made to achieve results within the existing framework.
Gao Shuotai stated that in dealing with Taiwan-US relations, he “will not rush forward,” but at the same time he will not be too careful not to dare to make legitimate and reasonable requests. He described Taiwan’s expectations as “continuous optimism, but also realistic.”
Support Taiwan’s democracy without twisting
After the election in Taiwan, Gao Shuotai published a signed article in the [Washington Post], clarifying that Taiwan is a model for the advancement of the political process in the Asia-Pacific region, and urged the United States to be “open and generous” in supporting democracy in Taiwan.
Gao Shuotai mentioned in the article that the White House dispatched a cabinet-level official to attend the inauguration ceremony of the next president and vice president in May of this year, to start bilateral free trade negotiations as soon as possible, and to strengthen cooperation in the strategic and economic fields. The “concrete” signal that the US can release is undoubtedly.
The “Asian Values” Lies
After the Taiwan election, senior US officials and congressional leaders have praised Taiwan’s democracy. Analysts pointed out that the “winner” of this election is not only the successful re-election of President Tsai Ing-wen and the Democratic Progressive Party, but also the entire Taiwanese society. In other words, the success of Taiwan’s democracy shows even more the [democracy] Concepts and behaviors have no so-called geographical restrictions, and they are not limited to a certain region in the world.
The head of the National Democratic Institute (DNI) and the former U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar D. Mitchell (Derek Mitchell) told VOA Said: “There has always been a saying that democracy is not suitable for Asian countries; I have never thought that it is a very dishonest remark.”
Mitchell said that Korea’s successful democratic transition in the 1990s and Taiwan’s successful democratic elections now prove that the so-called “Asian values” that democracy cannot take root in the cultural soil of Asia is a lie?
Han Yu’s contribution
Mitchell at the Taiwanese Representative Office in the United States, together with the Global Taiwan Institute (Global Taiwan Institute) and the [2019 Planning Institute] (Project 2049), which focuses on Taiwan Strait affairs, in Washington on January 11th. At the election counting observation and seminar, the Kuomintang candidate, Han Yu, who had lost in the election, was commended for accepting the results of the election after the election and called on his supporters to calm down.
Han Yu said after the announcement of the election results that “democracy, freedom, and the rule of law” are paramount to Taiwan. “Since the citizens of the Republic of China have made the decision, we, as candidates, must obey the results of the election.” He also encouraged the people who voted for him: “Together for Taiwan, and for the Republic of China.”
Let the voters decide the courage
Another Asia-Pacific affairs expert at the observation seminar, Richard Bush of the Brookings Institution, said in his speech: “Not all countries dare to take the risk of letting ordinary people choose their leaders.” It means a democracy. The formation of society, the courage of the people and leaders, and the courage to let the people vote to decide the country’s direction are indispensable.