國際 公視 US Has Not Said Anything About Official's Visit|傳克拉奇9/17-19訪台 但美方至今未發聲明

US Has Not Said Anything About Official's Visit|傳克拉奇9/17-19訪台 但美方至今未發聲明

公視 2020-09-16 23:10
U.S. Department of State official Keith Krach is reportedly set to visit Taiwan. Although the U.S. has not issued any statements about his visit, Economic Affairs Minister Wang Mei-hua has expressed her welcome to any efforts that help deepen the mutual relationship.



It was previously reported that U.S. Department of State Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach would be visiting Taiwan from Sept. 17 to Sept. 19 and participate in a bilateral economic and commercial dialogue.

Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce Chairperson Lin Por-fong said he received an invitation from the American Institute in Taiwan to attend events related to Krach's visit. He added that it is not necessarily beneficial for Taiwan for the U.S. to send high-level officials, because the higher the level is, the fewer advantages that Taiwan will have. He therefore expressed concerns over this visit. In response, Economic Affairs Minister Wang Mei-hua said she welcomes Krach to visit Taiwan and dismissed the concerns expressed by Lin.

I think there is none of this so-called "the higher the official, the more they will want" in this cooperation. Moreover, we actually very much welcome Krach leading a delegation on a visit. It's very symbolic and significant for Taiwan to have such a high-level visit.

Wang added that she will share details about the dialogue once they are confirmed. So far, the U.S. Department of State has not said a single word about Krach's visit to Taiwan. It remains a possibility that the meeting will take place virtually, though neither side has commented. Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Wu delivered a speech via video to Washington-based think tank Global Taiwan Institute. He said Taiwan has lifted restrictions on imports of U.S. pork and beef, and therefore talks on a bilateral trade agreement can be initiated.

Our move will be an important starting point for more comprehensive Taiwan-U.S. economic cooperation. We sincerely hope that these will open doors and pave the way for substantive talks and closer trade ties, including a BTA.

Wu also said that Taiwan is on the frontline when it comes to defending democracy and is facing military and economic threats from China, as well as fake news. He said Taiwan would defend its free and democratic lifestyle and called for democratic countries to join hands to defend their common values and liberties.

美國國務院次卿克拉奇,傳出將在17-19號訪台,並且參加台美經濟商業對話。工商協進會理事長林伯豐證實有收到AIT邀請,出席相關活動,但卻表示美方派出的層級愈高,台灣的本錢就愈低,不一定對台灣有利,對於克拉奇訪台表達出擔憂。對此,經濟部長王美花澄清歡迎克拉奇訪台,沒有所謂"官越大談越少"的問題。

經濟部長 王美花表示:「我想這個合作,沒有所謂的,"官越大,要得越多",而且我們其實是非常歡迎,這個克拉奇,可以帶團來訪問。因為這是有史以來,這樣高層次來台灣,這個也非常有實質意義,跟象徵的意義。」

王美花強調,關於台美經濟商業對話相關細節,確定後會跟大家報告。只是美國國務院到現在遲遲沒對克拉奇訪台發出聲明,是否可能改以視訊方式參加?台美雙方都沒有證實,僅強調定案會向外界說明。而外交部長吳釗燮則在華府智庫"全球台灣研究中心"發表視訊演說,表示台灣已經解除美豬美牛進口限制,再度呼籲啟動台美BTA洽簽協商。

外交部長 吳釗燮表示:「這關鍵的一步,將是台美經濟,全方位合作的重要起點。我們誠摯地希望,此舉能為台美,就更緊密的經貿關係,展開實質性對話,包括為洽簽BTA開門引路。」

吳釗燮在演說中強調,台灣站在捍衛民主前線,中國以軍事恐嚇、經濟威脅與假訊息等方式威脅台灣,但台灣會捍衛自身的自由與民主生活方式,對抗中國的擴張。他也呼籲,民主國家攜手合作,維護共同價值,自由定將勝利。