TAIPEI (Reuters) – The United States no longer sees Taiwan as a problem in its relations with China, but as an opportunity to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific, a senior U.S. diplomat said on Thursday.
Like most nations, the United States has no formal diplomatic ties with the Chinese-claimed island, but is its most important international backer, to Beijing’s anger, and President Joe Biden’s administration has moved to restate that support.
In a speech in Taipei, Raymond Greene, deputy head of the de facto embassy the American Institute in Taiwan, said when he first worked in Taiwan almost two decades ago, everything it did related back to cross-Taiwan Strait issues and how Taiwan fit into the U.S.-China relationship.
But over the past three years, efforts have been overwhelmingly focused on deepening ties and working together to help other countries develop their economies and democratic institutions, he said.
“I’ve lost count of how many meetings the director and I have had with our Taiwan partners where the word ‘China’ never even came up,” added Greene, who leaves Taiwan for Japan next week.
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