ROC welcomes Guam’s establishment of special Taiwan committee, separate from China

Flags of the ROC (Taiwan), United States and Guam flown together in Guam. (CNA file photo)

The Republic of China has welcomed the Guam Visitors Bureau’s creation of a special marketing committee specifically for Taiwan and separate from that of mainland China.

Last week, GVB decided to separate Taiwan from the Greater China Marketing Committee, which has overseen business cooperation with Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China, in recognition of the strengthening relations between Guam and Taiwan, which just opened an economic and cultural office in the U.S. territory.

Instead, GVB created a special Taiwan Marketing Committee, which is led by no less than GVB’s new chairman, Milton Morinaga.

The Central News Agency of Taiwan quoted the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Guam as describing the move as a sign of respect, saying that the new committee will enhance the existing partnership between the two sides.

Taiwan News also cited GVB Taiwan representative Felix Yen as saying that Japan and South Korea have been key sources of tourism for Guam and by separating the Taiwanese and Chinese markets, the bureau is adding Taiwan to its list of significant industry partners.

Meanwhile, Focus Taiwan CNA English News reported that U.S. President Joe Biden has issued interim guidance outlining his national security priorities, which include America’s continued support for Taiwan.

“We will support Taiwan, a leading democracy and a critical economic and security partner, in line with longstanding American commitments,” Focus Taiwan quoted Biden in his 23-page Interim National Security Strategic Guidance, which also calls out an increasingly assertive and authoritarian China.

In the document, Biden wrote that the most effective way for the U.S. to out-compete China in the long-term is to invest in its people, economy, and democracy.