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35th Anniversary of Taiwan Relations Act


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“The unofficial U.S.-Taiwan relationship has never been stronger than it is today, and it underscores our firm commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act.”

This month marks the 35th anniversary of the passing/signing/coming into force of the Taiwan Relations Act. “The unofficial U.S.-Taiwan relationship has never been stronger than it is today, and it underscores our firm commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel.

Strengthening the relationship with Taiwan and the long-standing friendship with the people on Taiwan remains a key element of the U.S. strategic rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific. U.S.-Taiwan relations, said Assistant Secretary Russel, are grounded in history, respect for democracy and human rights, respect for international rules, a growing economic partnership, and enduring security cooperation.

Taiwan’s status as a top-20 world economy is a testimony to the diligence of the people on Taiwan and to the success of the Taiwan Relations Act. Taiwan is a leading player in regional development, conservation, and assistance efforts even as it engages with China.

The United States has an abiding interest in peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. Toward that end, the United States welcomes recent improvements in cross-Strait relations. Strong support for Taiwan helps give the people on Taiwan the confidence to strengthen cross-Strait relations, as has been evident in recent years. At the same time, the United States supports Taiwan’s effort to participate in the international community in a manner befitting a large economy and modern society with a great deal to contribute.

U.S. economic relations with Taiwan have grown significantly over the past 35 years. Today, Taiwan is the United States’ 12th-largest trading partner and a top-10 destination for U.S. agricultural and food exports.

Consistent with the Taiwan Relations Act, the United States makes available to Taiwan defense articles and defense services in such quantity as may be necessary to enable Taiwan to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability. This long-standing policy contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

“Taiwan,” said Assistant Secretary Russel, “has earned a respected place in the world. Thanks to the Taiwan Relations Act, over the past 35 years, the United States and Taiwan have enjoyed a firm foundation of friendship that we continue to build today.”
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