U.S. Secretary of State Nominee Rex Tillerson Affirms Taiwan Relations Act And Six Assurances

During his confirmation hearing on January 11, 2017, Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson stated that he thinks it is “important that Taiwan knows that we are going to live up to the commitments under the [Taiwan] Relations Act and the Six [Assurances.]

In 2016, both Houses of the U.S. Congress passed legislation affirming the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances as the cornerstones of US-Taiwan relations.

 

Full Transcript of Taiwan exchange segment:

Senate Asian Subcommittee chairman Cory Gardner (R-CO): Last year I passed legislation that would encourage Taiwan’s entry into the Interpol and that was signed by the president into law. He has made it clear that Taiwan is our friend, and last Sunday, the Mainland Chinese, as a result of president-elect Trump’s activities and actions, the state-run news Global Times said the following – “if Trump reneges on the One China Policy, the people will urge the government to take revenge. There is no room for bargaining.” The editorial also went on to say they should also impose military pressure on Taiwan and push it to the edge of being reunified by force. Combined with the PRC’s recent show of force exercises, it appears Beijing has increased its pressure on Taiwan. Can you share with this committee about Trump’s administration policy on Taiwan and the One China Policy?

Tillerson: With respect to Taiwan, we have made important commitments to Taiwan, to the Taiwan Relations Act and the six issues accord. I think we should express a reaffirmation of those. This is part of this approach that i am trying to lay out over and over. “We made commitments to people and we need to reaffirm those commitments and we live up to those commitments. I think it is important that Taiwan knows that we are going to live up to the commitments under the [Taiwan] Relations act and the Six [Assurances.] That in and of itself is a message. The importance of that action — this whole of China approach I am speaking about is, we have to deal with the whole of China’s actions and recognize that we have these balancing forces in our relationship that need to be dealt with.

Gardner: In terms of the One China policy, the new administration’s position…?

Tillerson:  I don’t know of any plans to alter the One China position.

FAPA President Peter Chen reacts: “Taiwanese Americans are glad to see that both the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances more and more become standard language now when referring to U.S.-Taiwan relations instead of the “Three Communiques” and the obsolete and outdated “One China Policy.” The latter should both be relegated to the dustbin of history – where they belong.”

Peter Chen concludes: “We are especially grateful to Reps. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Ed Royce (R-CA) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) among others for having taken the initiative last year of bringing legislation affirming the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances as the cornerstones of U.S.-Taiwan relations.”

 

美國準國務卿Rex Tillerson重申台灣關係法與六項保證

昨日(一月十一日),美國準國務卿在其首場聽證會中聲明「我們應該讓台灣知道,美國會遵守對台灣的承諾,包含台灣關係法與六項保證。」
在二零一六年,參眾兩院皆通過了重新確認台灣關係法與立項保證為台美關係基石的法案。以下是聽證會全文:

參議院亞洲事務委員會主席加德納:
「去年我通過了鼓勵台灣加入國際刑警組織的法案,總統也簽署將之立為正式法律。他很清楚地強調,台灣是我們的盟友,而對此,在上星期六,中國官方媒體環球時報對於川普總統當選人近日的動作作出回應,他們這麼寫:『如果川普違背一中政策,中國的人民會要求中國政府作出報復。這沒有談判的空間。』這篇社論更接著說明,中國應當對台灣加強軍事武力的壓迫,將情勢推往武力統一台灣的那一邊。這篇社論與近期中共頻繁的武力展示並陳來看,北京似乎正在加強其對於台灣的壓力。你能夠和委員會分享川普政府對於台灣與『一個中國』的政策嗎?」

準國務卿提勒森:
「我們對台灣予以尊重,我們曾經以六項保證與台灣關係法對台灣許下承諾。我想我們需要再次重申我們對於這些承諾的重視。這便是我剛剛所不斷強調的。我們對別人許下承諾,我們必須重申並且表明我們會達到這些承諾,台灣也需要知道,我們非常重視且會落實六項保證與台灣關係法。這樣的作法,本身就是一個訊息,且它的重要性在於—如同我先前不斷強調的整體的中國策略,我們必須審慎處理中國的一切動作,並且理解到在與中國的關係中,我們也有可以與之槓桿與平衡的力量,我們需要審慎的面對。」

參議院亞洲事務委員會主席加德納:
「那麼新政府對於一中政策的立場是什麼呢?」

準國務卿提勒森:
「我目前還未聽聞要改變一中政策立場的消息。」

台灣人公共事務會會長陳正義如此回應﹔「對於台灣關係法與六項保證逐漸取代三個公報與一中政策,成為談論台美關係時的重要元素,台美人感到十分欣慰。三個公報與一中政策早該被掃進歷史的垃圾堆中了。」

「我們尤其感謝眾議員夏波(Steve Chabot)、眾議員羅伊斯(Ed Royce)、參議員魯比歐(Marco Rubio )等,去年主動提出重申台灣關係法與六項保證為台美關係基石的法案。」陳正義以此作結。

(January 12, 2017) U.S. Secretary of State Nominee Rex Tillerson Affirms Taiwan Relations Act And Six Assurances / 美國準國務卿Rex Tillerson重申台灣關係法與六項保證