Democracy and Stability in Asia
Support the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act
the House will consider bipartisan legislation that reinforces
our long-standing relationship with our democratic allies
in Taiwan and sends a clear signal to Communist China that
the United States commitment to democracy and peace in the
region is unwavering.
Taiwan Security Enhancement Act reinforces the United States’
commitment to Peace through Strength in the Taiwan Strait.
Taiwan’s security is critical to America’s interests.
Taiwan is now America’s seventh largest trading partner,
and buys far more from the U.S. than does the PRC.
The sea-lanes surrounding Taiwan are vital to the economic
health of Asia and to the sustained growth of U.S. exports
to Asia. Perhaps most important of all, a democratic
Taiwan stands as a living example to all of the people of
China that they too can build a prosperous, peaceful democracy.
is tension in the Taiwan Strait today because of the People’s
Republic of China’s military build-up and its refusal to
renounce the threat of force against democratic Taiwan.
As the Pentagon’s February 1999 report on the military balance
between Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China notes,
the PRC has air superiority and could effect a naval blockade.
The Pentagon report cautions that the People’s Liberation
Army has about 100 short-range ballistic missiles targeted
at Taiwan and could be expected to deploy up to 650 by the
against this threatening backdrop, the level of American
arms sales to Taiwan has dropped by half since 1982.
Moreover, the virtual isolation of Taiwan’s military since
1979 has had deleterious effects on Taiwan’s readiness,
and American ability to come to Taiwan’s aid.
TSEA, by enhancing Taiwan’s self-defense capabilities and
conveying the message that the U.S. remains committed to
fulfilling its obligations under the Taiwan Relations Act,
will serve to deter potential Chinese aggression against
Taiwan. Dialogue between China and Taiwan on the issues
between them will prove more fruitful if Taiwan feels confident
and China recognizes that it cannot dictate the terms for
reunification to Taiwan.
must act swiftly to make clear that the United States will
continue its longstanding commitment to maintaining the
military balance across the Taiwan Strait, and take the
steps necessary to enhance America’s security relationship
with democratic Taiwan.
you to support the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act when
it comes to the House floor on Tuesday.
Chairman of International Relations Committee
Chairman of House Policy Committee