U.S. midterm election results not to affect policy towards Taiwan

American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James Moriarty

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA)-The results of the United States midterm elections would not affect the country’s policy towards Taiwan, American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James Moriarty said Wednesday.

During a seminar on the topic of U.S.-Taiwan relations at National Tsing Hua University, Moriarty affirmed Taiwan’s role in its Indo-Pacific strategy and also believed that the spirit of freedom and fairness is Taiwan’s greatest advantage.

In August, AIT Director Brent Christensen explained the U.S. vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific Strategy proposed by President Donald Trump last year.

“Free means economies should be free from outside coercion. Open means we should all adhere to market economy principles. This is what the U.S. stands for in the Indo-Pacific, and what we intend to work for every day in our relationship with Taiwan,” Christensen said.

Moriarty said both the U.S. Republican and Democratic parties recognize China’s rising threat, hence established U.S. policy toward Taiwan should not be affected by the results of the mid-term elections.

The 2018 U.S. midterm elections were held Tuesday.