U.S. Republican National Committee backs trade ties with Taiwan


Washington – Eighty-one members of the U.S. Republican National Committee (RNC) have issued a joint statement in support of further strengthening U.S.-Taiwan trade and investment ties.

The statement was initiated by Helen Van Etten, Republican National Committeewoman of Kansas, during the RNC’s 2015 Spring Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.

It noted that the 2012 Republican Party Platform salutes the “sound democracy” of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and states that the United States and Taiwan are “united in our shared belief” in “free enterprise.”

The platform holds that, as “a loyal friend of America, Taiwan has merited our strong support, including free trade agreements status.”

The committee would therefore “like to reiterate its steadfast and staunch support of a robust partnership with Taiwan, in line with the U.S. desire to further peace and stability in Asia and strong trade and investment ties between the United States and Taiwan,” it said.

“The Republican National Committee supports as a high policy priority a U.S.-Taiwan Bilateral Investment Agreement (BIA) and Taiwan’s participation in economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region,” it added.

Co-signers of the statement included Sharon Day, co-chair of the RNC; Susie Hudson, secretary of the RNC; Tony Parker, treasurer of the RNC; and John Ryder, general counsel of the RNC.

Also signing were 57 national committeemen and committeewomen as well as 24 state chairmen.