Senior US and EU diplomats said in a joint statement on Friday that they are interested in strengthening collaboration with Taiwan based on the "one-China" policy and maintaining the status quo in the Taiwan Strait.
"On December 3 in Washington, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman and Secretary-General of the European External Action Service Stefano Sannino led the first US-EU high-level meetings on the Indo-Pacific," according to the statement. "They reaffirmed their commitment to stability and the status quo in the Taiwan Strait, and both sides expressed a desire to strengthen cooperation with Taiwan in accordance with their respective 'one-China' policies."
According to the statement, both the US and the EU emphasise the importance of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the Indo-Pacific area, which should stay open and free. Since 1949, Taiwan has been ruled by a separate government from China. China considers the island to be a province of China, whereas the island authorities maintain that it is a sovereign nation.
The United States released a list of 110 countries invited to a democracy conference in December on Tuesday. Taiwan was included in the list, but not China.