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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    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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    Remember 228: A Call for Action for American Citizens

    Each year, February 28th marks the anniversary of the tragic 1947 “228” massacre which ignited a dark period in Taiwan’s history. This year, on the 69th anniversary, American Citizens for Taiwan invites our fellow Americans to join us in remembering what transpired on February 28, 1947, and stand-up for Taiwan, a nation of 23 million people whose fledgling democracy is threatened.
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