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President Tsai receives US think tank delegation

President Tsai Ing-wen said Feb. 26 that she hopes the Heritage Foundation, a Washington-based think tank, will continue to assist Taiwan and the U.S. in deepening their relationship in the interest of regional development and prosperity.
Tsai made the remarks while meeting with the foundation’s delegation led by its president, Kevin Roberts, at the Presidential Office in Taipei City.
The think tank’s long-standing support of the Taiwan-U.S. relationship through op-eds, symposiums and other channels is deeply appreciated, Tsai said, adding that the foundation also consistently facilitates cooperation between the two sides in areas spanning economics, trade and security.
Taiwan was ranked fourth in the foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom published last year, marking the country’s best performance to date, the president said. The recognition of government efforts to promote industrial innovation and upgrade environmental sustainability in order to create a healthy investment environment for businesses is welcomed, she added.
According to Tsai, the U.S. is an important partner for Taiwan, and expanding bilateral collaboration ensures the security and stability of global supply chains. It will additionally help democracies worldwide jointly safeguard freedom, democracy and respect for human rights, Tsai said.
In response, Roberts thanked Tsai for her courage in maintaining the cross-strait status quo. He added that the foundation will honor her service to the people of Taiwan, to freedom and free people across the world by continuing their support for Taiwan even after she leaves office. (YCH-E)
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