She has a close relationship with Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, who is a member of the Democratic Progressive Party, a party that supports independence, and for whom she has previously served as a spokeswoman. This relationship gives her a lot of power. Kurt Campbell, the top Asian National Security Council official for Mr. Bolton and Mr. Biden, is also a friend of Ms. Hsiao’s for decades.
She now makes regular, if discrete, visits to Foggy Bottom and the West Wing as these guidelines have loosened over time.
She is a regular on Capitol Hill, as evidenced by the fact that she sat next to Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican leader at the time, last summer for a livestreamed discussion by the China Task Force of his caucus. According to Bonnie Glaser, a China specialist at the German Marshall Fund who has also known Ms. Hsiao’s for a considerable amount of time, “She really does have the confidence of people here in Washington.”
Ms. Hsiao described her position as “legally unofficial” while sitting in an elegant Twin Oaks reception hall with a grand piano and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a rolling lawn.
She attributes that to Beijing. She stated, “The Taiwanese resent not only being bullied but also being told we cannot have friends.”
Ms. Hsiao stated that Washington’s growing appreciation for Taiwan “as a democracy, as a force for good, and as a true partner of the United States” is beneficial. She stated that at the same time, a Chinese government that talks about absorbing Taiwan poses a significant threat.
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