The representative of Taiwan to the United States took part in the inauguration ceremony of the new American president for the first time, having received an official invitation.
After the island’s de facto ambassador to Washington, Xiao Bikim, attended Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony on Wednesday, White House National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horn said the US commitment to Taiwan is “rock solid.”
“President Biden will stand with friends and allies to promote our shared prosperity, security and values in the Asia Pacific region, and that includes Taiwan,” Horn added.
The Taiwanese Foreign Ministry noted that the inaugural committee has officially invited the island’s representative to Washington for the first time, demonstrating the close friendship between Taiwan and the United States based on shared values.
In a video message on Twitter, Xiao Bikim, who is close to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, said she was honored to represent the government and people of Taiwan at the inauguration.
The US ended official diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1979, instead recognizing China.