President calls for non-gov't effort to strengthen US ties
CNATAIPEI -- President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that non-governmental exchanges between Taiwan and the United States are a key effort in strengthening bilateral ties.
September 13, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
Speaking at the launch of the U.S.-Taiwan Policy Forum, Ma said that relations between the two countries are at their best since diplomatic ties were severed in 1979, noting that Washington has described Taiwan as an important economic and security partner on many occasions in recent years.
Pushing those ties further will require continued bilateral cooperation across various sectors, a role that falls on non-governmental organizations and the public, he said.
Ma pointed to the falling number of Taiwanese students getting educated in the U.S. as an area that could be improved.
Thursday marked the first U.S.-Taiwan Policy Forum, a joint project organized by the Taipei Forum Foundation and the Washington-based Brookings Institution.
A ceremony was also held to celebrate the establishment of the Chen-Fu and Cecilia Yen Koo Chair in Taiwan Studies, a program under the Brookings Institution.
Richard Bush, the director of the Brookings Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies will be the first chair holder.
The American Institute in Taiwan's (AIT) Acting Director Brent Christensen, who was also at the ceremony, praised the long-standing cooperative relationship between Taiwan and the United States based on a mutual commitment to democracy and freedom.
He said that the U.S. attaches a high value to its special, mutually beneficial relationship with Taiwan.