Daniel R. Russel, Assistant Secretary of the US State Department Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs reiterated that the USA supports a democratic Taiwan, and stands for universal values and human rights.
The statement was made at The University of Southern California during a conference of China and East Asia analysts under the banner of “China’s Growing Pains.”
Mr Russel emphasized that “China policy is a subset of our Asia policy, and not the other way around.”
“The context for the progress we’ve made with China includes the President’s active engagement with ASEAN and each of its 10 member countries, as well as the quality of our alliances – particularly with Australia, South Korea, and Japan.”
“It also includes our support for democratic Taiwan and for universal values and human rights; the successful negotiation of TPP and the strength of U.S. businesses and investors across the region. It also includes the credibility of our security presence.”
Read the full text here: Remarks at “China’s Growing Pains” Conference, Department of State