The United States’ commitment to Taiwan is unwavering, said presidential administration spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

The U.S. authorities will continue to help Taiwan maintain sufficient self-defense capabilities, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed at a regular briefing.

“The U.S. commitment to Taiwan is unwavering and contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and the region as a whole. That is why we will continue to help Taiwan maintain sufficient self-defense capabilities,” she said.

“Our approach and relations in the field of defense <…> guided by the provisions of the Taiwan Relations Act [of 1979], and we will adhere to our obligations under the law; we will continue to support Taiwan’s self-defense and oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo. Our support in relations with Taiwan in the field of defense is still focused on countering the current threat posed by the PRC,” Psaki added, noting that it is not in her competence to make any comments on “specific operations, interaction or training.”

Its administration has governed Taiwan since 1949, when the remnants of the Kuomintang forces led by Chiang Kai-shek (1887-1975) fled to the island, having been defeated in the Chinese civil war. Since then, Taiwan had retained the flag and some other attributes of the Republic of China, which existed on the mainland before the Communists came to power. Beijing considers the island one of the provinces of China.

The United States severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1979 and established them with the PRC. Recognizing the “one China” policy, Washington, at the same time, continues to maintain contacts with the Taipei administration and supplies weapons to the island. Last year, the administration of the 45th U.S. President Donald Trump, amid the aggravation of relations with Beijing due to the situation in Hong Kong, significantly intensified contacts and exchanges with Taiwan, which caused a protest from the Chinese authorities.