American Citizens for Taiwan

Educating Americans on the importance of Taiwan to the U.S. & working to strengthen the U.S.-Taiwan relationship. With Your Support, we make sure Washington stands up for Taiwan's freedom and democracy.


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    U.S. Congressional Guide on Taiwan Support

    Look up the Candidates in your district and ask them to answer the questionnaire on their support for Taiwan via Twitter, Facebook, and the candidate's site. Twitter buttons will launch a pre-filled tweet, for Facebook you will need to copy over the request text.

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    On the Trump-Tsai Phone Call Controversy - My Taiwanese-American Perspective and Plea for Progressive Support

    As a dual citizen of the United States and Taiwan, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the last few days contextualizing for my American friends the controversy behind Donald Trump’s recent call with President Tsai Ing-Wen of Taiwan. I have found that many otherwise progressive allies and journalists have been unintentionally or ignorantly parroting pro-Beijing talking points in the course of criticizing Trump. These are people who would otherwise proudly proclaim, “Free Tibet,” “Free Palestine,” and “Black Lives Matter.” We need more progressive voices in support of Taiwan. If you care about democracy and human rights, then I urge you to become a friend of Taiwan as well.
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    Return of the U.S. Coast Guard to Taiwan 

    Recently Admiral James Lyons (USN-Retired) proposed the return of the U.S. Coast Guard to Taiwan [Strengthening Taiwan’s defenses, The Washington Times]. The 1979 Carter termination of the US-ROC Mutual Defense Treaty left the island out in the cold, but the U.S. Congress replaced it with the Taiwan Relations Act in 1980. In 1996, the Chinese imposed a partial blockade around and over Taiwan with their so-called "missile tests" and the U.S. Navy reacted by sending two U.S. aircraft carriers to patrol the international waters around Taiwan.  This partial blockade was an overt act of war by China (see reference here).  During the last few years, the South China Sea and Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands have been quietly inundated with Chinese maritime surveillance ships, but these particular Chinese ships are not part of the Chinese PLA Navy (PLAN). Their military role for combatant status is based on naval militias. These maritime militias have been dubbed the "little blue men" of PLAN asymmetric warfare strategies, because they are just tap dancing around an overt act of war (e.g. blockades).  American naval assets are seafaring vessels for its military purposes, but the Chinese maritime militia occupy the twilight zone of both civilian and military vessels. Americans, however, have a rough equivalency of the Chinese maritime militia, because the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has a dual mission purpose of maritime policing and coastal warfare.
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