Taiwan Policy Review (1994)

In 1994 Clinton administration undertook a review on U.S. policy toward Taiwan. In the 1994 review, U.S. pledges to "actively support Taiwan's membership in international organizations accepting non-states as members, and look for ways have Taiwan's voice heard in organizations of states where Taiwan's membership is not possible". It later becomes a basis for U.S. Congress to support Taiwan's WHO bid.

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1982 Communique (1982)

In the Second Shanghai Communiqué, the provisions of the (first) Shanghai Communiqué were reiterated. It declared that the US recognizes the Government of the PRC as the sole legitimate government of China, and it acknowledged the Chinese position that there is but one China and that Taiwan is part of China. During the conclusion of the Communiqué, the Chinese government restated that the Taiwan question is China's internal affair. The US stated that "it has no intention of pursuing a policy of "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan." The question of US arms sales to Taiwan was not settled when US-PRC diplomatic relations were established. In this Communiqué, the US stated that "it intends to reduce gradually its sale of arms to Taiwan, leading over a period of time to a final resolution." * Importance: By means of this Communiqué, the US expresses its support for a peaceful solution of Taiwan’s status.

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President Reagan’s Six Assurances (1982)

Before President Reagan was going to sign the second communiqué with China in 1982, he sent then Assistant Secretary of State, John Holdridge to deliver six points (later so called "Six Assurances) to then President of Taiwan, Chiang Chin-ko. The assurances are deemed by some that it contradicts the 1982 Communiqué. Nevertheless, the six assurances are to assure the Taiwanese government with U.S. commitment to Taiwan's sovereignty and the rights to purchase advanced arms from the U.S. Over the years, many scholars argue that the importance of the "Six Assurances" is underestimated and should be part of the official U.S. policy toward Taiwan and China, in addition to Taiwan Relations Act and three Communiqué.

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