The U.S.-Taiwan relationship is far more than just between AIT and the Taiwan authorities – it belongs to all of us. We want to hear from everyone about their hopes and aspirations for the future of the U.S.-Taiwan relationship. In partnership with Taiwan’s Public Digital Innovation Space and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as part of our AIT@40 celebrations we are launching a series of “Digital Dialogues” on each of the four main pillars of the U.S.-Taiwan relationship – promoting Taiwan’s role in the global community, our economic and commercial relationship, our security cooperation, and our people-to-people ties. What AIT Director Christensen calls “the four promotes.” Each Digital Dialogue provides the general public in Taiwan and the United States the opportunity to vote on what they consider to be the best ideas for promoting deeper cooperation as well as to offer their own thoughts and ideas for how we can accomplish our shared objectives.
We at AIT are committed to listening carefully to all of your suggestions, and we will do our utmost to actually act on the best ideas put forward. Who knows, perhaps your idea will become future policy for the United States and Taiwan! At the end of each dialogue, AIT will issue a public response to the results of the Digital Dialogues and hold a live Forum to discuss the results and how they might be implemented. We encourage you to share the information about these dialogues widely with all of your friends, family, and colleagues. The more participation, the more ideas, the better for the future of our relationship.
Schedule for the dialogues:
- April 2019: Promoting Taiwan’s Role in the Global Community
- June 2019: Promoting the U.S.-Taiwan Economic and Commercial Relationship
- August 2019: Promoting U.S.-Taiwan Security Cooperation
- October 2019: Promoting People-to-People Ties
Global Taiwan: Promoting Taiwan’s Role in the Global Community
Due to its unique situation, Taiwan faces significant constraints on its ability to engage with the rest of the world. The United States believes Taiwan has an important role to play in global problem solving and its example as a vibrant market democracy is one that should be showcased to the world. We are committed to help Taiwan expand its role and participation in the global community.
Dialogue topic: How should the United States and Taiwan work together to expand Taiwan’s constructive role and participation in the global community?
Promote the U.S.-Taiwan Economic and Commercial Relationship
No matter how you do the math, I am confident that you will reach the conclusion that the United States and Taiwan have a robust economic relationship that allows both sides to prosper. We see value in further improving our economic ties and seeing each other’s economies grow. This was underscored by Secretary of State Pompeo in his speech last July about our free and open Indo-Pacific Strategy, where he noted the important role that Taiwan can play in this strategy, including in the areas of the digital economy, energy, and infrastructure. As we look ahead, our shared traditions of innovation and entrepreneurship will ensure that the United States and Taiwan both benefit from our continued economic engagement…..from “AIT Director Brent Christensen Press Conference”
Promote U.S.-Taiwan Security Cooperation
Promoting security cooperation and improving Taiwan’s self-defense capability go hand in hand. As you have heard, the United States recently approved the second arms sale to Taiwan in two years of $330 million. Our obligation to support Taiwan in maintaining a sufficient self-defense capability against coercion is a foundational element of the Taiwan Relations Act. This policy of supporting Taiwan’s defense needs, consistent across seven U.S. administrations, both Democratic and Republican, has helped foster Taiwan’s prosperity and democratic development while also bolstering cross-Strait and regional stability….from “AIT Director Brent Christensen Press Conference“.
This digital dialogue will open in August 2019.
Promote People-to-People Ties
The United States and Taiwan already have a strong affinity for each other. Nearly all of the states in the United States have sister-state relationship with Taiwan, and we hope more will open representative offices in Taiwan to promote business and tourism. Hundreds of thousands of people from Taiwan have immigrated to the United States. Among these immigrants are Nobel prize winners, high-tech pioneers and award-winning actors and directors…..from “AIT Director Brent Christensen Press Conference”
This digital dialogue will open in October 2019.