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President Tsai receives CSIS delegation

President Tsai Ing-wen received a delegation from Washington-based think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies at the Presidential Office April 23 in Taipei City, pledging to continue advancing relations with the U.S. to promote wide-ranging cooperation.
 
The bipartisan delegation is led by CSIS Senior Vice President for Asia and Korea Chair Victor Cha and comprises two former Congress members and four senior officials from the past four U.S. administrations.
 
According to the president, despite changes to the international landscape in recent years, Taiwan remains committed to expanding collaboration with its democratic partners to jointly ensure regional peace and stability.
 
Tsai thanked the Biden administration and Congress for the bipartisan support, citing the regular military sales aimed at bolstering the country’s self-defense in line with the Taiwan Relations Act and Six Assurances, as well as the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024, which will inject fiscal resources into initiatives supporting Taiwan.
 
Equally important, the two sides have reached a new milestone in economic and trade cooperation with the signing of the first agreement under the Taiwan-U.S. Initiative on 21st-Century Trade and a memorandum of understanding on international development cooperation, Tsai said, vowing to keep strengthening economic resilience for the well-being of both countries’ people.
 
In response, Cha congratulated the president on deepening the bilateral relationship over the last eight years. Taiwan is an extremely important partner given the two sides’ shared values and mutual interest in preserving cross-strait peace, stopping economic coercion by outside actors, combating disinformation and safeguarding the rules-based international order, he said.
 
The delegates look forward to discussing key issues with the president during their stay, including enhancing the resilience of supply chains and promoting people-to-people and business-to-business exchanges, Cha added. (SFC-E)
 
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