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   Dear Colleague Letter from Congressman Deutsch and Congressman Andrews

Congress of the United States
Washington, DC 20515

 VOTE FOR H.R. 1838

 January 28, 2000

Dear Colleague:

As you may know, H.R.1838, the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act, is scheduled for floor consideration on Tuesday, February 1st. As cosponsors of this important legislation, we are contacting you to urge your support.

According to a Pentagon report submitted to Congress earlier this year, China is currently engaged in a major buildup of ballistic missiles on its coast, directly across the strait from Taiwan. Beijing is simultaneously increasing pressure on the U.S. to limit or crease our sales to Taiwan of defensive weaponry. Both of these factors represent a substantial threat to the balance of power, and therefore the stability of the area.

We strongly believe that the United States must remain steadfast in our commitment to fulfilling our obligations under the Taiwan Relations Act - in which the U.S. promised to provide Taiwan with the means to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability as the key method of maintaining a balance of power in the region.

This bill is a necessary, bi-partisan approach to fulfilling our promise to Taiwan. It would increase Taiwan’s defensive capabilities, while at the same time redressing any remaining deficiencies through established, direct communications between our militaries. This bill would reiterate the fundamental truth of democracy - that any determination of the ultimate status of Taiwan must have the express consent of the people of Taiwan. And finally, the bill would require the President to submit an annual report to Congress on Taiwan’s defense needs.

We urge you to join us in supporting a bill that was passed overwhelmingly by the House International Relations Committee and currently has 82 cosponsors. If you have questions, please contact our staff directly - Howard Hechler at 5-7931 or Matt Walker at 5-6501.

 Sincerely yours,

Peter Deutsch    Robert Andrews
Member of Congress    Member of Congress


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