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U.S. senators submit resolution reaffirming commitment to Taiwan

2019/04/05 16:07:23

Cory Gardner (CNA file photo)

Washington, April 4 (CNA) Following in the footsteps of the House of Representatives, a group of U.S. senators on Thursday introduced a concurrent resolution reaffirming the U.S. commitment to Taiwan to mark the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA).

The resolution was submitted by Cory Gardner, chairman of the Senate's Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, along with Jim Risch, James Inhofe, Robert Menendez and Ed Markey.

The resolution reaffirms that the TRA, signed into law April 10, 1979, and the Six Assurances, agreed to by U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1982, "are, and will remain, cornerstones of U.S. relations with Taiwan."

The U.S. should conduct regular transfers of defense articles to Taiwan consistent with Taiwan's national security requirements in accordance with existing law, including the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018, the resolution states.

Also, the resolution encourages U.S. officials at all levels to travel to meet with their counterparts in Taiwan, and for high-level Taiwan officials to enter the United States and meet with U.S. officials, in accordance with the Taiwan Travel Act.

It calls upon the U.S. secretary of state to actively engage internationally in support of Taiwan's meaningful participation in international organizations and urges the U.S. president to explore opportunities to expand and deepen bilateral economic and trade relations with Taiwan.

In a statement, Gardner said he has been committed to strengthening the relationship between the U.S. and Taiwan and boosting Taiwan's role on the international stage for many years.

He reiterated that the U.S. will continue to speak out for Taiwan and its people, as guided by U.S. law, including the TRA, the Taiwan Travel Act and the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act.

Markey, who was already a senator when the TRA was being drafted, said he will continue to cooperate with his colleagues from across party lines to fulfill the responsibility of bolstering relations between the people of the United States and Taiwan.

Risch, for his part, said that despite continued pressure from China on Taiwan, he looks forward to a long-standing partnership between the U.S. and Taiwan, because the two sides have strongly co-shared values and economic and security interests.

Taiwan's representative office in the U.S. thanked the U.S. Congress for its support of Taiwan's sovereignty, freedom and democracy, as well as security in the Taiwan Strait.

(By Chiang Chin-yeh and Flor Wang)
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