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U.S. Senate approves resolution reaffirming commitment to Taiwan

2019/05/01 19:30:20

Cory Gardner, chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific and International Cybersecurity Policy / CNA file photo

Washington, April 30 (CNA) The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution reaffirming the United States commitment to Taiwan and to the implementation of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA).

The U.S. Senate passed the resolution unanimously Tuesday. It was introduced by Cory Gardner, chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific and International Cybersecurity Policy April 5, with Jim Risch, James Inhofe, Robert Menendez and Ed Markey as co-sponsors.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved its own version of the resolution April 9.

The resolution reaffirms that the TRA and the Six Assurances will remain cornerstones of U.S. relations with Taiwan.

The TRA, signed into law April 10, 1979 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, provides a legal basis for unofficial relations between the U.S. and Taiwan, while the Six Assurances were issued by then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1982 as key principles of the U.S. regarding its relations with Taiwan.

The resolution urges Washington to conduct regular transfers of defense articles to Taiwan in accordance with existing laws and encourages U.S. officials at all levels to meet with their counterparts in Taiwan in accordance with the Taiwan Travel Act, which was signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump March 16, 2018.

It also calls upon the U.S. secretary of state to 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.

The Taiwan Representative Office in Washington expressed its gratitude for the concrete actions in support of Taiwan's sovereignty, democratic system and the security of the Taiwan Strait.

The de facto Taiwan embassy in the U.S. added that the resolution is especially meaningful amid the 40th anniversary of the TRA and Beijing's continuous provocative actions, which include the crossing of People's Liberation Army fighter jets over the median line of the Taiwan Strait.

(By Chiang Chinye and Emerson Lim)
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