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Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) will introduced the Taiwan Security Act (TSA), S. 1620, on July 24, 2017, legislation that will enhance the U.S.-Taiwan relationship and bolster Taiwan's participation in the international community.
"For too long, China's escalating pressure on Taiwan has faced no serious response from the United States. This legislation would send an overdue message to China to halt its aggressive behavior. Strong security, economic, and cultural ties with Taipei have always advanced U.S. interests in Asia, and created conditions for Taiwan's free-market democracy to flourish. Enhancing those ties now will ensure that China's petulant actions will not disturb the peace across the Taiwan Strait," said Cotton.
"This legislation takes a significant step forward to demonstrate that the United States will take all necessary steps to support our ally and friend, Taiwan," said Gardner. "The Taiwan Security Act ensures our government will enhance mutually-beneficial security, diplomatic, and economic ties with Taipei, which will promote Taiwan's international standing and help ensure peace and stability in the region."
The Taiwan Security Act will enhance the U.S.-Taiwan relationship in the following ways:
- Mandates senior defense and diplomatic exchanges between the United States and Taiwan at the flag officer and assistant secretary level or above.
- Reestablishes an annual strategic dialogue between the United States and Taiwan on arms sales in order to ensure the regular transfer of defense articles.
- Directs the U.S. secretary of defense to invite Taiwanese forces to participate in the 2018 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval exercise and a 2018 edition of the Red Flag air-to-air combat exercise.
- Requires U.S Navy port visits to Taiwan and vice versa.
- Expresses Congressional support for Taiwan's plan to spend 3% of GDP on defense and its ongoing efforts to suspend all economic ties with North Korea.
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This specific Senate bill was not needed as the House bill, H.R. 535, was passed in the Senate on February 28, 2018 with Unanimous Consent.
Taiwan is the United States tenth-largest trading partner in goods with more than $65,000,000,000 in goods traded between the two in 2016, and in addition the United States is the leading country for foreign direct investment in Taiwan. Hundreds of thousands of jobs in the U.S. rely on our exports to Taiwan.
House Resolution 271 encourages the United States Trade Representative to commence negotiations to enter into a bilateral trade agreement with Taiwan. Taiwan, as a democracy and free market economy, shares principles and values with us, providing a strong foundation for open, fair, and mutually beneficial trade relations.
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H.R. 3320 To direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to regain observer status for Taiwan in the World Health Organization - Passed!
Taiwan's exclusion in the World Health Organization not only endangers its 23 million citizens, risks lives across Asia and beyond to the United States. The Chinese government's decision to put peoples lives behind their petty politics is shameful and must be called out. We support H.R. 3320 to direct the US Government to help regain Taiwan's inclusion in WHO activities.
For a good primer on why this is so important, read "Taiwan's Vice President Talks to TIME About the Global Health Risks Arising From the Island's Isolation."
Thank you ACT supporters for helping to urge members of Congress to support this bill, it passed on January 9, 2018. See the govtrack.us page for more info!
Since the enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act, ties between the United States and Taiwan have suffered from insufficient high-level communication due to the self-imposed restrictions that the United States maintains on visits by high ranking officials to Taiwan.
The Taiwan Travel Act (H.R. 535) encourages visits between U.S. and Taiwanese officials at all levels of government. Important points of the bill are:
- It should be the policy of the United States to allow officials at all levels of the U.S. government, including cabinet-level national security officials, general officers, and other executive branch officials, to travel to Taiwan to meet their Taiwanese counterparts.
- High-level officials of Taiwan should also be allowed to enter the United States, under conditions which demonstrate appropriate respect for the dignity of such officials, and to meet with U.S. officials, including those from the Department of State and the Department of Defense and other cabinet agencies
“As a thriving democracy, Taiwan is vital to U.S. interests in the region. By encouraging more frequent visits between our two governments – including at the highest levels – we will further strengthen the critical U.S.-Taiwan partnership.” -House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA)
Read our companion piece, Open Washington Doors to Taiwan Official Visits.
Thank you ACT supporters for helping to urge members of Congress to support this bill, it passed on January 9, 2018 in the House, and on February 28, 2018 passed in the Senate by Unanimous Consent. See the govtrack.us page for more info!