FAPA Welcomes Announcement Of Arms Package For Taiwan
On December 16, the U.S. announced it would sell US$1.83 billion in weaponry and equipment to Taiwan – a vibrant democracy and a beacon of freedom in the Western Pacific. The announcement -the first in four years- came in the form of a notification to Congress that the U.S. Department of State had approved the sale.
FAPA President Mark Kao, Ph.D. reacts: “The arms sales demonstrate that the U.S. honors its commitment to Taiwan under the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act and the 1982 Six Assurances, which both function as the cornerstone of U.S.-Taiwan relations. It will help enhance Taiwan’s security and preserve peace and stability in the Asia Pacific region, which -after all- are both in the interest of the United States, as stipulated in the Taiwan Relations Act.”
Dr. Kao adds: “Timing-wise, the release of the arms package one month before Taiwan’s January 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections represents the notion that the U.S. will support and work with whoever wins the presidential race.”
Dr. Kao continues: “We rejoice in this sale but look forward to the day when arms sales take place on a regular basis, to when the process is regularized to ensure that Taiwan is receiving weapons essential to its national defense without delay. The decision to provide Taiwan with the arms it requires for self-defense should not be subject to political considerations, such as concerns about offending Beijing.”
Dr. Kao concludes: “Members of Congress such as Reps. Royce, Engel, Salmon, and Sherman deserve gratitude for their relentless efforts over the years to move the sales forward, for their trust in Taiwan, for their trust in Taiwan’s democracy, and for their trust in any new administration in Taipei.”
台灣人公共事務會肯定美國軍售台灣
美國政府於1216日,透過國務院提交給國會的知會,宣佈將售台總價183千萬美金的軍備。
台灣人公共事務會會長高龍榮博士表示:「此次軍售案顯示,美國遵照『臺灣關係法』及『六大保證』-兩大台美關係的基石-中對台灣的承諾。這項軍售案會提升台灣的安全,並維持亞太地區的和平穩定,進而維護美國的利益。」
高博士補充道:「時間點而言,此軍售案在2016台灣總統及立委大選前一個月拍板定案,顯示美國會支持任何一位在總統大選中勝出的候選人,並與之合作。」
高博士亦說道:「我們很高興看到這項軍售案,但也希望看到美國對台軍售能的頻率能正常化,以確保台灣能即時獲得對其國防至關重要的軍備。對台軍售的決策不應被諸如不願冒犯北京等政治因素所左右。」
高博士總結道:「此次軍售案的促成,歸功於眾議員羅伊斯(Ed Royce)、安格爾(Eliot Engel)、邵建隆(Matt Salmon)、薛曼(Brad Sherman)等議員多年來的努力不懈。同時也感謝他們對於台灣、對於台灣的民主,以及對台灣新的政權的信任。」
(December 17, 2015) FAPA Welcomes Announcement Of Arms Package For Taiwan / 台灣人公共事務會肯定美國軍售台灣