Taiwan welcomes U.S. bipartisan support for Asia bill

09/29/2018 06:58 PM
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Taipei, Sept. 29 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed welcome Saturday to bipartisan support extended to Taiwan by lawmakers in the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, who recently cleared the draft Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018.

The passage of the bill Sept. 26 by the committee demonstrated that U.S. lawmakers across party line support and attach high importance to Taiwan-U.S. relations and regional peace and stability, the ministry said in a statement.

The bill, initiated by Cory Gardner, chairman of the Senate's Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, demands that the U.S. government faithfully enforce all its existing commitments to Taiwan as enshrined in the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances.

The bill also requires that the U.S. president conduct regular transfers of defense articles to Taiwan that are tailored to meet the existing and likely future threats from China and authorize the travel of high-level U.S. officials to Taiwan in line with the Taiwan Travel Act.

(By Matt Yu and Shih Hsiu-chuan)

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