The United States today unveiled a new USD 255 million de facto embassy in Taiwan in what was hailed as a "milestone" in relations, as the self-ruled island comes under increasing pressure from China.
"AIT's new home is both a tangible symbol that reflects the strength of our ties and a state-of-the-art facility that will make possible even greater cooperation for years to come," said Royce, the wife of pro-Taiwan congressman and House foreign affairs committee chairman Ed Royce.
Tsai hailed the complex as a new chapter in the "great story of US-Taiwan relations".
China and Taiwan have been ruled separately since 1949 but Beijing views the island as a renegade province awaiting reunification, by force if necessary.
It bars Taiwan from membership in the United Nations and many other international organisations and has been luring away the island's remaining diplomatic allies.
Beijing officials have described intensified Chinese military drills near the island as a warning against any moves to assert its sovereignty.
While Taiwan's relationship with the US is essential to its security, it must also guard against provoking China, its biggest military threat but also the dominant market for the island's export-driven economy.
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