Taiwan Assurance Act filed in U.S. House of Representatives

WASHINGTON (CNA) – A group of U.S. congressmen on Monday introduced a bill in the House of Representatives to foster security in Taiwan and support its inclusion in international organizations to mark the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA).

The bill, named the Taiwan Assurance Act, was submitted by Eliot Engel, Michael McCaul, Brad Sherman, and Ted Yoho, corresponding to a Senate version of the bill with the same title introduced on March 26.

The House version of the bill calls for “regular sales and transfers of defense articles to Taiwan in order to enhance its self-defense capabilities,” including undersea warfare and air defense capabilities.

The bill also wants the U.S. Trade Representative to resume meetings under the U.S.-Taiwan Trade and Investment Framework Agreement with the goal of reaching a bilateral free trade agreement that increases market access for U.S. exports to Taiwan and enhances Taiwan’s economic resilience.

The bill also notes the U.S. policy of advocating for Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the United Nations, the World Health Assembly, the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Criminal Police Organization, and other international bodies.

The bill also requires the U.S. secretary of state to conduct a review of the Department of State’s guidelines that govern relations with Taiwan, including the periodically released memorandum titled “Guidelines on Relations with Taiwan” and related documents, and to reissue such guidelines to executive branch departments and agencies no later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of the Act.

Taiwan’s representative office in the U.S. expressed appreciation to the U.S. Congress for supporting Taiwan’s sovereignty, freedom and democracy amid China’s provocation in the year that celebrates the 40th anniversary of the TRA.

By Chiang Chin-yeh and Emerson Lim