In the editorial "Worthwhile Talks: Reasonable Ties Between China-U.S. Are Fostered" (June 12), the Post-Gazette points out that there was no "progress on desensitizing" some sensitive bilateral and multilateral issues, including U.S. arms sales to Taiwan. It is important to note, however, that Xi Jinping specifically called on President Barack Obama to end the arms sales and claimed Taiwan as mainland China's territory.
First and foremost, we would like to thank the Obama administration for standing by the promises outlined in the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances, namely not setting a date to end defensive arms sales to Taiwan and not consulting outside parties on the matter. Arms sales are incredibly important, not only to strengthen Taiwan's position when dealing with mainland China, but to preserve regional stability and make the Pacific safe for America's allies.
While cross-strait relations have improved over the past few years, the People's Liberation Army still has more than 1,100 ballistic missiles aimed at Taiwan (according to the U.S. Department of Defense). As such, Taiwan still very much needs the United States' support if it is to maintain the stability and peace it has been able to achieve in recent years.
Director, Press Division
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office
New York, N.Y.