TIMES - October 4, 1999
"White House tries to dilute Taiwan
the Republican-drafted Taiwan Security Enhancement Act could
complicate US-China ties
-- The Clinton administration has mobilised the business
community and its own officials to try to block or dilute
a little-noticed Bill on US-Taiwan relations that it fears
could complicate its relationship with China.
concerns about the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act rose
sharply in recent days as the chances for House passage
of the measure increased.
act is supported strongly by House Majority Whip Tom DeLay,
a Republican from Texas, and by Mr Benjamin Gilman, a Republican
from New York, who is chairman of the House Committee on
Bill was drafted in the office of Senate Foreign Relations
Committee chairman Jesse Helms, a Republican from North
moves us very close, if not all the way there, to a formal
military alliance with Taiwan," said one administration
a change would vastly complicate ties with Beijing, he added.
20 years, US administrations have been trying to balance
full recognition of China and the interests of Taiwan, which
has many influential supporters in this country.
ally of the administration in the manoeuvring over the Bill
took the unusual step last week of revealing the contents
of this year's US arms sales package for Taiwan to demonstrate
that new legislation was not required. Mr Doug Bereuter,
chairman of the International Relations subcommittee on
Asia and the Pacific, said the latest arms sales approved
by the US would give Taiwan early-warning radar to detect
Chinese missile launches, new and upgraded Patriot 3 anti-missile
batteries, and new equipment to ensure the technological
superiority of the Taiwanese air force over its Chinese
officials said later that Taiwan would get six Patriot 3
added that US and Taiwan were discussing the possible sale
of submarine-hunting P-3 Orion aircraft and advanced Aegis
battle-management radar for battleships.
Clinton administration decided in recent days that the House
could pass this Bill, causing a serious diplomatic flap.
an intense behind-the-scenes effort to delay action on the
proposal or, if that failed, to rewrite it to make it less
offensive to China and the administration. Business lobbyists
have joined in making this case. -- The Washington Post
ACT: Deepening military ties
Bill would require the Clinton administration to:
the nation's military relationship with Taiwan.
* Establish a new communications link between the two armed
* Encourage the sale of more advanced equipment to Taiwan,
including a ballistic missile defence system as it is developed.
* Require the executive branch to report all of Taiwan's
requests for arms to Congress.