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TA Orgs Joint Statement on the 30th Anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act


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April 10, 2009

Joint Statement of the Taiwanese-American Organizations
on the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act

As Taiwanese-American organizations we hereby express our appreciation to the U.S. Government and Congress, as well as to our fellow Americans for the passage of the Taiwan Relations Act on April 10th 1979.

The TRA has provided the legal basis for the U.S. commitment to Taiwan's defense against an authoritarian China through its clauses on the provision of defensive arms to Taiwan, and maintenance of U.S. capacity to resist any resort to force or other forms of coercion that would jeopardize the security, or the social or economic system, of the people of Taiwan.

The TRA also contains an important human rights clause, reaffirming "the preservation and enhancement of the human rights of all the people on Taiwan" as objectives of the United States.  This clause was particularly important in 1979, when the Taiwanese still languished under the KMT's martial law, but equally relevant today, when we are witnessing an erosion of human rights and justice on the island.

Furthermore, the TRA states that it is U.S. policy that the future of Taiwan be determined by peaceful means.  In the age of democracy this means that the people on the island should be able to determine their own future, free of coercion and threats, in particular from neighboring China.  In the present situation, the U.S. needs to stand up more firmly, and prevent China from bullying Taiwan into submission.

Since the enactment of the TRA, thirty long years have elapsed.  During this period, Taiwan transformed itself into a vibrant democracy, successfully conducting four direct presidential elections.  Moreover, the great majority of the island nation’s inhabitants have come to identify themselves as Taiwanese rather than Chinese. Therefore, as we applaud the role of TRA in maintaining peace and security of the Western Pacific, benefiting both the U.S. and Taiwan, we make the following appeal:


We call upon the Obama Administration and US Congress to break out of the stranglehold of the outdated "One China" policy, and move towards normalization of relations with Taiwan, and help Taiwan become a full and equal member of the international community.

The undersigned:

Timmy Chiu, Dr. Kang-Lu Wang Memorial Foundation

Mark Kao, Formosan Association for Human Rights

Bob I. Yang, President, Formosan Association for Public Affairs

Jay Loo, March for Taiwan Committee

Ben Liu, North America Taiwanese Professors' Association

Helen Loo, North America Taiwanese Women's Association

Chanchi Lee, Taiwan Hakka Association for Public Affairs in North America

Chung-nan Shih, Taiwanese Association of America

Susan Chang, World Federation of Taiwanese Associations

Sebo Koh, World Taiwanese Congress

James S. Chen, United Formosans for Independence-U.S.A.











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