May 18, 1999 The Taiwan Security Enhancement Act "To assist
in the enhancement of the security of Taiwan, and for other
purposes" (HR1838) was introduced by the following Members
of the House of Representatives:
Gilman (R-NY), Dan Burton (R-IN), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA),
Chris Cox (R-CA), Merrill Cook (R-UT), Chris Smith (R-NJ),
Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Curt Weldon
(R-PA), Tom DeLay (R-TX), Peter Deutsch (D-FL), William
Jefferson (D-LA), David Wu (D-OR), Robert Andrews
(D-NJ), Nita Lowey (D-NY).
bill is aimed at increasing US support for enhancing Taiwan's
to Bob Sutter -senior specialist in international politics,
foreign affairs and defense at the Congressional Research
Service- "the Act will effectively deal with the situation
in which the security of Taiwan is threatened due to the
imbalance of military power across the Taiwan Straits."
Act fills many of the voids that the U.S. congress left
when it passed the Taiwan Relations Act in 1979. It provides
for a cohesive set of defensive measures, and it specifically
states that "Any determination of the ultimate status of
Taiwan must have the express consent of the people of Taiwan."
introducing the bill, Majority Whip Tom DeLay stated on
the floor of the House of Representatives: "This bill gives
Taiwan a fighting chance to defend itself from a potential
invasion. The Act honors our commitment to stability in
Taiwan by increasing cooperation between U.S. and Taiwanese
militaries, and increasing sales of defensive technology
and weaponry while prohibiting reductions in arms sales.
We must honor our commitments in the Taiwan Strait. I urge
all of my colleagues to support the Taiwan Security Enhancement