MOFA Minister Wu addresses GTI Annual Symposium

MOFA Minister Wu addresses GTI Annual Symposium



19 September 2018.

Taiwan is a front-line state defending freedom, democracy and rules-based order from China’s intensified coercion and cannot fall, Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu said in a video address at the Global Taiwan Institute Annual Symposium Sept. 13 in Washington. China’s actions are a threat to security and the balance of power in the Indo-Pacific, Wu said. It has no qualms in using economic leverage to impose political views on foreign citizens, governments and private companies, he added.

The first point of contact in China’s campaign is Taiwan, Wu said, adding that if it is allowed to continue pushing the country around, there will be severe consequences for shared values and the global system that fostered post-World War II prosperity. “Let’s tell it like it is: There is no ‘Taiwan problem,’” Wu said. “There’s only a ‘China problem’” involving its coercion of Taiwan in the diplomatic, economic, military and political realms.

Wu’s remarks were well-received by participants in the daylong event on Taiwan-U.S. relations. Attendees included Christine Hsueh, deputy head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S.; James F. Moriarty, chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan; Shelly Rigger, assistant dean for educational policy in the Political Science Department of Davidson College; and Stephen M. Young, former director of the AIT.