The Office of the President sincerely welcomed and thanked US President Donald Trump's signing of the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018 (ARIA), which entered into effect on December 31, 2018 (US EST).
Presidential Office Spokesperson Alex Huang (黃重諺) noted that the ARIA reiterates the US commitment to Taiwan's security, supports closer Taiwan-US relations, and affirms the value of US partnership with Taiwan and other countries in the region. The entry into force of the ARIA stands as a robust symbol of the two countries' shared values of democracy, freedom, and human rights. This carries even greater significance as we approach the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act.
Spokesperson Huang said that the United States is Taiwan's most important ally in the international community, and added that sustainable and strong Taiwan-US relations as well as stability in East Asia are extremely important for all parties in the region, including Taiwan and the United States. Taiwan will maintain close communication with the United States and enhance the bilateral partnership across the board and at all levels. As a responsible member of the international community, Taiwan will work hand-in-hand with the United States and other like-minded nations in the region to promote peace, prosperity, stability, and development in the Indo-Pacific region.