For Immediate Release
Washington DC – June 23, 2016
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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Six Assurances Resolution
On June 23, S.Con.Res.38 “Reaffirming the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances as the Cornerstone of United States-Taiwan Relations” was passed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by voice vote.
SCR38 was introduced on May 19 by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Cory Gardner (R-CO) and James Inhofe (R-OK.) It concludes: “That Congress (1) affirms that the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances are both cornerstones of United States relations with Taiwan; and (2) urges the President and the Secretary of State to affirm the Six Assurances publicly, proactively, and consistently as a cornerstone of United States–Taiwan relations.”
A similar resolution passed the House of Representatives unanimously on May 16, 2016.
FAPA President Peter Chen states: “We at FAPA seek to make sure that both the Taiwan Relations Act AND the Six Assurances are the first that come to mind when Capitol Hill in particular and the rest of the world in general think about U.S.-Taiwan relations. It is high time that the outdated and unrealistic “One China Policy” and the three U.S.-China Communiques be relegated to the dustbin of history where they belong.”
Peter Chen adds: “Passage of the resolution is a timely gift to Taiwan’s newly elected president Tsai Ing-wen who will transit in Miami tomorrow June 24 on her way to South America.”
Peter Chen concludes: “Next step: A Senate floor vote!”S.Con.Res.38