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    Affirming the Taiwan Relations Act

    The House Foreign Affairs Committee met this week to mark up H. Res. 494, “Affirming the Importance of the Taiwan Relations Act [TRA].” The bill, co-sponsored by more than 60 Congressmen, reaffirms the House’s commitment to support Taiwan in joining any regional free trade agreements and to maintain peace in … More

    Taiwan: The Connection Between Economic Performance and Security

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal’s Index of Economic Freedom. It also marks the 35th year of a piece of legislation near and dear to the mission of The Heritage Foundation—the Taiwan Relations Act. Taiwan last year had one of the largest increases in … More

    Taiwan Needs Japan as Much as It Needs the U.S.

    Fostering the U.S.-Taiwan relationship is vital to U.S. relations with many of its allies in the Asia-Pacific region and will prove profitable for U.S. security and economic interests. The Heritage Foundation recently hosted a discussion on the future of U.S. relations with Taiwan. Randy Schriver, former Deputy Secretary of State … More

    Senator Cornyn: Urgent Action Needed to Bolster Taiwan Defense

    Last Friday’s event at The Heritage Foundation, “Shoring Up the U.S.–Taiwan Partnership,” featured a statement by Senator John Cornyn (R–TX) advocating “the urgent need to bolster Taiwan’s self-defense capabilities.” Senator Cornyn has been pushing the Obama Administration to sell 66 F-16 C/D fighters to Taiwan to help the U.S. ally … More

    Pentagon Report Underscores Urgent Need for More Taiwan Arms

    With the public release of a US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) report on Taiwan’s air power, there is now a public US government assessment of Taiwan’s ability to fend off Chinese attack. And while the report does not directly state how well Taiwan would do against the PLA, there is little … More

    Fine, Now Sell Taiwan the F-16s

    The Department of Defense today notified Congress on the sale of $6.4 billion in arms to Taiwan, including patriot missiles, black hawk helicopters and assistance for its military communications network. This almost clears the books on sales committed to by President George W. Bush since 2001. President Bush himself closed … More

    Obama's Taiwan Blunder Is Fool's Gold For China

    President Obama hosted a “townhall” meeting in Shanghai, accepting questions from his Chinese audience. One questioner gave Obama the opening to discuss the prospect of arms sales to Taiwan, an issue that is sure to arise when the President meets with Hu Jintao in Beijing. Unfortunately, rather than forthrightly stating … More