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U.S. congressmen laud Taiwan Relations Act on eve of 36th anniversary

U.S. congressmen laud Taiwan Relations Act on eve of 36th anniversary

Washington D.C., April 8 (CNA) Close to 20 U.S. congressmen have expressed their support for the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), which provides the legal basis for Taiwan-U.S. relations in the absense of official ties, ahead of the 36th anniversary of the legislation's enactment. Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart, Albio Sires, Gerry Connolly and Gregg Harper, the four co-chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, a bipartisan group that works to enhance U.S.-Taiwan relations, on Wednesday wrote to Taiwan's top envoy to Washington Shen Lyushun, saying the 1979 act provides an important basis on which Taiwan and the U.S. develop economic, trade and security ties. In the joint letter, they said they expected the two sides to strengthen ties based on the act. Meanwhile, another 15 congressmen of various subcommittees under the House of Representatives also expressed their support for the act, saying they hope Taiwan and the U.S. will maintain their robust economic and trade relations. Matt Salmon, chairman of the subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, released a statement on the significance of the TRA. "The TRA has played a fundamental role in developing the robust unofficial relationship shared between the United States and Taiwan," the congressman wrote.
"The TRA has allowed the United States to facilitate economic growth and provide for Taiwan's defense. Taiwan's status today as the United States' 10th largest trading partner is a testament to the powerful unofficial relationship we share." Salmon also expressed support for Taiwan's participation in international organizations, as Taiwan has been a "responsible stakeholder in international society." The congressman said he would continue to back opportunities for Taiwan's participation in multilateral organizations where statehood is not a required condition of membership, including the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The TRA was enacted on April 10, 1979 to maintain commercial, cultural and other relations between the U.S. and Taiwan after Washington switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. The TRA also enshrines the U.S. commitment to assist Taiwan in maintaining its defensive capability. (By Tony Liao and Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2021-09-17 20:18 GMT+08:00