US support for Taiwan’s democracy appreciated: Presidential Office

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The Presidential Office has expressed its appreciation to the United States for its support for Taiwan’s democracy. The Presidential Office made the statement Friday following remarks made by US Vice President Mike Pence in Washington a day earlier.

Pence gave a speech on the Trump administration policy towards China at the Hudson Institute, a conservative think tank. In his speech, Pence said China’s moves to prompt three Latin American countries to switch diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing have threatened the stability across the Taiwan Strait.

Pence also accused China of threatening US companies that “depict Taiwan as a distinct geographic entity.” “Beijing compelled Delta Airlines to publicly apologize for not calling Taiwan a ‘province of China’ on its website,” said Pence.

Pence also said while the Trump administration will continue to respect the One China Policy, “America will always believe Taiwan’s embrace of democracy shows a better path for all the Chinese people.”

Taiwan’s Presidential Office said it appreciates Washington’s recognition of Taiwan’s democratic achievements and its support for Taiwan’s space in the international community.