Ma thanks US Congress members over support of arm sales
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday expressed gratitude toward the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus for reiterating its support of U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.
August 24, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
Ma yesterday met members of the caucus, including Chairwoman Judy Chu and Vice Chair Madeleine Bordallo, at the Presidential Office.
Citing the recent meeting between U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his mainland Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan (常萬全), in which the latter requested the U.S. to stop arms sales to Taiwan, Ma said, “We would like to take this opportunity to thank U.S. congress members Judy Chu and Madeleine Bordallo for reiterating the U.S.' support of Taiwan, (and) unchanging (stance on) arms sales (to Taiwan).”
The president further thanked the two U.S. congress members for their continual support of the R.O.C.'s efforts to maintain peace across the Taiwan Strait as well as in the East China Sea.
Ma said that since he took office, he has maintained a “low key, zero accident” principle when dealing with Taiwan-U.S. relations.
More importantly, both sides of resumed mutual trust, the president said, adding that during his recent stopover in the U.S., the level of reception, as well as the topics covered in his exchanges with officials, had exceeded his expectations, creating greater opportunities for Taiwan-U.S. security and economic cooperation.
In reviewing Taiwan-U.S. relations over the past few years, Ma said that the administration has been able to secure an arms deal worth US$18.3 billion, to solve the U.S. beef import issue, and resume Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) talks.