from the China Times
June 6, 2000
Tien Hung-mao supports, favors Taiwan
Security Enhancement Act
of Foreign Affairs Tien Hung-mao said yesterday that the
passage of a bill entitled the Taiwan Security Enhancement
Act (TSEA) by the U.S. House of Representatives shows that
the U.S. supports improving our national security.
that the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of State
have different views on the TSEA, but while there are some
people in government who are overly concerned about the
reaction of the U.S. Department of State" he basically
supports and favors the Act.
Previously, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs official statement
on the TSEA has been that this legislative action was a
domestic matter of the United States and that our side would
be happy to see the passage of any measure that would be
helpful to Taiwan’s security.
During an interpellation yesterday, Legislator Yen Ching-fu
said that the failure of our side to promote the TSEA and
make our attitude towards it clearly known had caused many
members of the U.S. Congress who support Taiwan to be unclear
about our attitude. This, he said, hindered the coalescence
of forces favorable to us.
Tien Hung-mao pointed out that we would be happy to see
any action by the U.S. Congress to boost Taiwan’s security,
but he also expressed his hope that our missions abroad
would be more proactive on this matter. For example, our
side could do more to evaluate when there might be a sufficient
number of votes. He also said that he feels that some people
in government are overly concerned about the reaction of
the U.S. Department of State.