The American Institute in Taiwan on Thursday announced that its current chair, James Moriarty, will retire on March 20. His post will be taken over by Laura Rosenberger, who was previously the White House senior director for China and Taiwan affairs. Known for her hawkish stance on China, global media attention has turned to how she will strengthen U.S.-Taiwan relations. Let’s hear what her stance was last year.
Laura Rosenberger (2022)
Senior director for China and Taiwan affairs
I think it’s really important to underscore the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and ensuring there is no unilateral change to the status quo. It’s something that’s important not just for the United States and not just for Taiwan, but it’s important to a number of other countries around the world.
Foreign ministry spokesperson
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is extremely thankful for all the work that AIT Chair James Moriarty did during his term to strengthen Taiwan-U.S. relations. We would also like to welcome the new chair to her post.
Rosenberger had been spotted attending an event for top-level security dialogue held at the AIT’s Washington headquarters in late February. She was there with foreign minister Joseph Wu and National Security Council Secretary-General Wellington Koo. Rosenberger has been the senior director for China and Taiwan affairs at the White House since the very start of the Biden administration. As a close aide to the president, she’s being seen as an important bridge between Taiwan and the U.S.