US to boost Taiwan trade, conduct air, sea transits

“AMBITIOUS ROADMAP” 

Campbell said the administration would continue to “deepen our ties with Taiwan, including through continuing to advance our economic and trade relationship”.

“For example, we’re developing an ambitious roadmap for trade negotiations which we intend to announce in the coming days,” he said.

Campbell said that the United States would also reassert its right to use international air and sea space between Taiwan and China.

US forces “will continue to fly, sail and operate where international law allows, consistent with our long-standing commitment to freedom of navigation.”

“That includes conducting standard air and maritime transits through the Taiwan Strait in the next few weeks,” he told reporters.

Campbell did not confirm what kind of deployment would be made to support the manoeuvres, saying he had no “comments about either the nature of our crossings or the timings across the Taiwan Strait”.

Taiwan’s foreign ministry thanked Washington for its “firm support” in a statement on Saturday that pointed to Washington’s “concrete action to maintain security in the Taiwan Strait and peace in the region”.

Criticizing China’s decision to halt cooperation with Washington on issues including the fight against climate change, Campbell said “we have and will continue to keep lines of communication open with Beijing”.

The official noted that Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping have asked staff to arrange an in-person summit, but he declined to comment on reports that this could take place during the G20 group meeting in Bali this November.

“We don’t have anything further in terms of details on time or location,” he said.