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.”
「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。