Bilateral Relations with US Won't Change:Minister |吳:美選無論哪一黨執政 台美都將持續合作
According to Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Wu, bilateral cooperation with the US will continue regardless of which party wins the US presidential election. Recently, Democrat representatives were cut from a montage of congratulatory inauguration messages edited by President Tsai Ing-wen's team. Legislators in Taiwan say this is clear evidence the Tsai administration has chosen sides.
On the 2nd, Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Wu told lawmakers bilateral relations with the US will not change regardless of which way the US presidential election swings. Wu raised eyebrows during the report, however, when he mentioned a "presidential transition."
There will a presidential transition period, and another period to fill out the Cabinet. That is -- if there is a shift between parties, there will of course be a transition period. However, if the same party wins, we will maintain the extremely excellent relationship we already have with the Trump administration.
Last week, the Washington Post reported: "When Tsai [Ing-wen] was inaugurated for a second term in May, editors compiling a video montage of congratulatory messages cut Democrats and added emphasis on Republican well-wishers." Although the Ministry of Foreign Affairs immediately denied this, pan-blue lawmakers point to a large gap in the amount of time given to the two parties in the video. They say this is clear evidence the Tsai administration has chosen sides in the US presidential election.
Democratic representatives were only featured for 10 seconds (in the video). We only gave them 10 seconds. Republican representatives got 57 seconds. That's a 47-second difference. This leads people to draw a certain conclusion. Let me tell you again: The Tsai administration really needs to reassess the way it takes sides so blatantly. The government won't choose sides. I guarantee it.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan thanked Taiwan among others for its aid after the earthquake in Turkey. The tweet included a dozen national flags. The ROC Ministry of Foreign Affairs claims China pressured Turkey into removing the ROC flag.
So, we're sure China pressured Turkey. This is what our intelligence shows. China's suppression will not stop us from helping Turkey. Is that right? No. We will not stop.
Wu says this is very regrettable but Taiwan remains committed to being a provider of humanitarian aid in the international community.
國民黨立委 江啟臣 vs. 外交部長 吳釗燮表示：「(民主黨的議員的祝賀時間，只有10秒，我們只給他10秒，共和黨加起來有57秒，這中間相差了47秒，這造成人家誤解。我在這邊再次提出來，你們真的要去檢討。) 政府不會選邊站，保證不會選邊站。」
民進黨立委 羅致政 vs. 外交部長 吳釗燮表示：「(所以確定中國有向土方來打壓，我們的情資是顯示如此，不會因為中國打壓，就阻撓我方對土耳其的協助，沒錯吧！) 不會，我們不會停下來。」
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