Taiwan is hoping to keep its relationship with the United States strong despite the change in Presidentship. In a conversation with Biden’s confidant and advisor, Antony Blinken, the island’s de-facto US ambassador, Hsiao Bi-khim said that they appreciated bipartisan support for US-Taiwan relations.
China officially claims Taiwan but it is a democracy. Under President Donald Trump, Taiwan enjoyed unexpected support from the Trump administration. These included stepped-up arms sales and visits from top officials to Taipei. With Biden’s win in the 2020 Presidential Elections, tensions have risen in the Taiwanese administration.
Spoke to Biden policy advisor @ABlinken to convey Taiwan’s congratulations to the President-elect. Appreciated bipartisan support for US relations with #Taiwan and hope to continue close cooperation with the US in coming years. pic.twitter.com/ayCUUtJOns
— Bi-khim Hsiao 蕭美琴 (@bikhim) November 15, 2020
Taiwan appointed Hsiao as their representative to the US in June. On November 15, she took to Twitter and spoke of her conversation with Blinken. She said that she had a good conversation with Blinken and conveyed Taiwan’s congratulations to the President-elect.
Hsiao, who is also close to Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, added that they “Appreciated bipartisan support for US relations with Taiwan and hope to continue close cooperation with the US in coming years.”
The Democratic Party had a friendly attitude towards Taiwan
On Wednesday, DPP issued a statement. According to the statement, President Tsai said, “It is thus clear that the government of the Democratic Party had a friendly attitude towards Taiwan.
Both Tsai and Blinken met each other in 2015 at the State Department. He was serving as the Deputy Secretary of State under former President Barack Obama. Back then, Tsai was the presidential candidate for Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). During the same trip, Tsai also met Evan Medeiros, Obama’s senior director for Asian Affairs. This also marks the first time a Taiwanese Presidential Candidate visited the White House.
People are still wondering about Blinken’s role in the new Biden administration. Although, he has over decades of experience on Capitol Hill, at the White House. He was the former No 2 at the State Department and is widely considered to fit in as Biden’s national security advisor. He could also be a possible pick for Secretary of State.
Tensions have surmounted over Taiwan drastically ever since Donald Trump took office four years ago. China has been conducting regular military drills near the island. One such occasion was during the visit of a senior US Official, Keith Krach during September.
According to BBC, Chinese Defence Ministry Spokesman Ren Guoqiang accused both the nation’s authorities. He said that they have “stepped up their collusion, frequently creating disturbances”. He added that “use Taiwan to control China” or “relying on foreigners to build oneself up” is wishful thinking. But that it is going to be a dead end.