President Tsai touts CSIS role in Taiwan-US ties

President Tsai Ing-wen said Jan. 14 that Washington-based think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies has played a crucial role in strengthening Taiwan-U.S. ties.
CSIS has been a consistent supporter of Taiwan’s democracy and a reliable source of strategic insights, Tsai said, citing as an example a workshop hosted Jan. 12 in Taipei City titled “Post-Election Outlook for Taiwan and Beyond: Stability or Uncertainty” co-organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taipei City-based Foundation for Scholarly Exchange and Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, as well as U.S.-headquartered Foreign Policy Research Institute.
Tsai made the remarks while receiving a CSIS delegation led by Kurt Tong, previous U.S. consul general and chief of mission in Hong Kong and Macau, at the Presidential Office in Taipei.
According to Tsai, events such as the workshop demonstrate how Taiwan’s partnership with the U.S. continues to go from strength to strength. Other recent collaborations include the inaugural Indo-Pacific Democratic Governance Consultations and Taiwan-U.S. Pacific Islands Dialogue last year, as well as the co-founded Global Cooperation and Training Framework launched in 2015, she added.
Tsai said the government will continue working with like-minded countries and organizations such as CSIS to safeguard the country’s freedom, democracy and sovereignty while facilitating peace, prosperity and stability throughout the Indo-Pacific.
Established at Georgetown University in 1962, CSIS is a bipartisan organization conducting policy studies and strategic analyses, with specific focuses on international relations, technology, finance, energy and geostrategy. (YCH-E)
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