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Democrats and Republicans Unite Against the Obama Administration on Taiwan
Posted By Robert Warshaw On October 6, 2011 @ 9:06 am In American Leadership | No Comments
Yesterday, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R–FL) held the second hearing in the two-part “Why Taiwan Still Matters” series. These hearings, the first full committee hearings on Taiwan in 25 years, are a laudable step toward reminding the Obama Administration of Taiwan’s value as a partner and the American obligations under the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA).
Recent steps taken by the Obama Administration have threatened to diminish that relationship. Most notably, the Administration denied  Taiwan’s longstanding request for 66 F-16C/Ds, opting instead to retrofit and upgrade Taiwan’s aging fleet of 145 F-16A/B. The decision not to sell new fighter aircraft has elicited widespread, bipartisan condemnation from Capitol Hill .
Against this backdrop, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell and Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Peter Lavoy were summoned to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Tuesday to report on U.S.–Taiwan relations and answer for the Obama Administration’s shortsighted decision on F-16 sales.
Chairwoman Ros-Lehtinen set the tone  in her opening remark by reminding the witnesses that “any cozying up to Beijing with a wink and a nod on Taiwan arms sales is a clear violation of President Reagan’s ‘Six Assurances ’” to Taiwan. She also questioned the Obama Administration’s commitment to upholding the TRA. Both Democrat and Republican members echoed her sentiments in their opening statements.
Here are some of the key highlights from the hearing.
Campbell and Lavoy should be commended for expressing support for both Taiwan’s acceptance into the Visa Waiver Program and increased bilateral trade and investment. But the best opportunity for lasting cross-straits peace will come when Taiwan can engage China from a position of strength, which it can attain only through active, substantive U.S. support. As stipulated by law , the U.S. must not waver in this regard .
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URLs in this post:
 the Administration denied: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/19/world/asia/us-decides-against-selling-f-16s-to-taiwan.html
 bipartisan condemnation from Capitol Hill: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h2UANphRLJX1gJfoHrz1ttZatmKg?docId=7e51e4cce8bd4823937cb19228ca93c6
 Chairwoman Ros-Lehtinen set the tone: http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/press_display.asp?id=2006
 clear violation of President Reagan’s ‘Six Assurances: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2007/10/President-Reagans-Six-Assurances-to-Taiwan-and-Their-Meaning-Today
 this is difficult to believe: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2011/06/04/2003504919
 Financial Times report: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f926fd14-df93-11e0-845a-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1ZpvTCCpK
 explicitly taking sides: http://blog.heritage.org/2011/09/16/taking-sides-in-the-taiwan-strait/
 U.S. State Department hosting the Burmese foreign minister: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gya7X2oCILttMnun48H3rsYei6-Q?docId=CNG.11b830e74e89175fd9b015ca71842771.d01
 Burma remains one of the most oppressive countries in the world: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2011/09/Do-Not-Back-Down-on-Burma
 Taiwanese air force will continue to shrink: http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aIPL&ID=201109220026
 Administration’s selling points: http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/09/21/idINIndia-59473420110921
 As stipulated by law: http://www.taiwandocuments.org/tra01.htm
 must not waver in this regard: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2011/02/Defrost-the-US-Taiwan-Relationship
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