INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN
BENJAMIN GILMAN (R-NY) SUPPORTS TAIWAN SECURITY ENHANCEMENT
(October 27) - U.S. Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman (20th-NY), Chairman
of the House International Relations Committee, released
the following statement today as the committee began consideration
of H.R. 1838, the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act:
pleased to bring this measure before the Committee today
for consideration and I want to thank the Majority Whip,
Mr. DeLay of Texas, for introducing this legislation.
with other members of this body, I am increasingly concerned
about China's security policy and military modernization
efforts including its burgeoning missile deployments opposite
Taiwan; the purchase of advanced Russian fighters and submarines;
Beijing's outright refusal to renounce the use of force
against Taiwan; its increasingly aggressive rhetoric; and
the detrimental effect all of this has on regional stability.
are also troubled by the Clinton Administration's handling
of Taiwan policy in general including the pressure it has
unwisely placed on Taipei to come to interim agreements
with China regarding unification; its unwillingness to sell
some defensive weapon systems to Taiwan irrespective of
China's military advances; its talk of a æstrategic
partnership' with Beijing; the Three No's; and the consequences
these misguided actions have for peace and stability in
United States should continue to steadfastly meet its security
commitments to Taipei as
stipulated in the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act. This means
assisting Taiwan in maintaining the balance of power across
the Taiwan Strait in the face of the PRC's unprecedented
military build-up. A failure to meet Taiwan's legitimate
defense needs will make China's military dominance of the
Taiwan Strait a reality. This would not be a welcome development
in that part of the world.
to provide for Taiwan's legitimate defense needs could lead
to Beijing's misunderstanding of American interests; foster
perceptions of Taiwanese defense vulnerability; increase
the likelihood of Chinese miscalculation; and ultimately
lead to conflict with the our nation over its adventurism.
Ensuring and enhancing Taiwan's ability to defend itself
the prospects for continued peace and stability in Northeast
Asia and supports U.S. national interests.
Congress, in the absence of decisive Administration action,
must act to make clear to Beijing that the our nation will
continue its long-standing commitment to a peaceful resolution
of the Taiwan issue. I therefore support this legislation's
efforts to enhance Taiwan's self-defense capability. I am
proud to be a co-sponsor of this legislation. It has an
impressive array of co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle.
I look forward to bringing it to the floor for consideration
at an early date."