Summary

1/25/2013--Introduced.Taiwan Policy Act of 2013 - States that nothing in this Act shall be construed to amend or supersede the Taiwan Relations Act. States that it shall be... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Aug 1, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To strengthen and clarify the commercial, cultural, and other relations between the people of the United States and the people of Taiwan, as codified in the Taiwan Relations Act, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Taiwan Policy Act of 2013''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds the following: (1) The Taiwan Relations Act (Public Law 96-8; 22 U.S.C. 3301 et seq.), enacted in 1979, has continued for 34 years to be the cornerstone of United States-Taiwan relations and has served as an anchor for peace and security in the Western Pacific region. (2) The Taiwan Relations Act, in furthering the national interests of the United States in the Western Pacific region, has mandated that the United States will make available to Taiwan such defense articles and defense services in such quantity as may be necessary to enable Taiwan to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability, thus allowing the people of Taiwan to preserve a peaceful, democratic, and prosperous way of life. (3) The future of Taiwan must be determined in a peaceful manner and with the assent of the people of Taiwan. (4) The Taiwan Relations Act declares that-- (A) peace and stability in the Western Pacific area are in the political, security, and economic interests of the United States, and are matters of international concern; (B) the United States decision to establish...

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Nation

909 Supporting
82 Opposing
92% 8%

State: CA

218 Supporting
9 Opposing
96% 4%

District: 1st

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Organizations Supporting

If the U.S. government is serious about maintaining economic and military strategic advantage in the Asia-Pacific region, it must strengthen ties with one of the most economically liberal and democratic nations in the region, Taiwan. This Taiwan Policy Act is important for requiring that 1) Taiwan's future is to be self-determined, 2) authorization for the sale of F-16 C/D block fighter jets to Taiwan & the transfer of decommissioned guided missile frigates to Taiwan, 3) removing the ban on Taiwanese official visits, 4) supporting Taiwan’s ICAO bid, and 5) clarifying defensive arms that can be sold to Taiwan in addition to those made available under the Taiwan Relations Act.

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Users Supporting

I support The Taiwan Policy Act because...I think it is most urgent that each country be free to make their own decisions about their citizens. Rather than come under influence of another nation. Taiwan is an ally and should be full diplomatic relations.

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CA
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Anonymous358710
CA-37
8 months ago

I support The Taiwan Policy Act because Taiwan and the U.S. are similar in many ways in terms of their democratic governments and their history of being colonized countries in the past. Taiwan's pretty much isolated politically. More than half of its population wants independence, but the pressure from China forces countries as big as the U.S. to break their diplomatic relationships with Taiwan. It's very important that Taiwan receives support from the U.S. first.

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IL
13
JasmineS
IL-13
10 months ago

I support The Taiwan Policy Act because...this is needed to keep Taiwan a free nation and not fall into communist rule of China. The nation is a democratic nation and needs to be recognized as one. This act helps us support Taiwan not just for US interests and relationship but shows the world that it is a nation that supports international aid when there is a request for it.

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NJ
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Goofy17
NJ-6
10 months ago

I support The Taiwan Policy Act because it is important for us as American citizens to support and nurture fellow democracies. The Taiwanese people are currently in a state of fighting for their democracy and their freedoms. Taiwan needs the United States' support. It would be a shame to see such a young democracy slip away when so much can be done to prevent that. I would be highly appreciative if Congresswoman would show her support for H.R. 419 as well.

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MA
3
Anonymous284998
MA-3
10 months ago

I chose to study in Taiwan because as an America, I want to experience a culture and learn Chinese is a blossoming democracy. We need to support Taiwan. I support the Taiwan Policy Act.

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MD
8
Anonymous772824
MD-8
11 months ago

I support The Taiwan Policy Act because to ensure the political, economic, and national security of the U.S., we need to support Taiwan's national security. With the increasing threaten from the Beijing government, it is important to support this Taiwan Policy Act to ensure: that 1) Taiwan’s future is to be self-determined, 2) authorization for the sale of F-16 C/D block fighter jets to Taiwan & the transfer of decommissioned guided missile frigates to Taiwan, 3) removing the ban on Taiwanese official visits, 4) supporting Taiwan’s ICAO bid, and 5) clarifying defensive arms that can be sold to Taiwan in addition to those made available under the Taiwan Relations Act. Thank you very much! I really appreciate your efforts to support the U.S.-Taiwan relations.

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OR
4
KokoroHan-JungKo
OR-4
1 year ago

Users Opposing

I oppose the selling of weapons to Taiwan as a mean for U.S. to strengthen its relationship with Taiwan, which the The Taiwan Policy Act, H.R. 419, seems to endorse. If U.S. are genuinely interested in strengthening the commercial, cultural, and other relations between the people of the U.S and the people of Taiwan, then the Act should take into account on all commercial, cultural, and other relations. As for now, the main focus of the Act seems to be about arm sales, which has only commercial value, but no cultural or any other value for neither the "peoples" of U.S, nor Taiwan.

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WA
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yansa
WA-7
1 year ago

I oppose The Taiwan Policy Act because... This is an alliance that the U.S. can do without.

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CO
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MESMITH
CO-4
1 year ago

I oppose The Taiwan Policy Act because this bill has no funding!

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LA
3
UncleBlack
LA-3
1 year ago

I oppose The Taiwan Policy Act because...this is nothing but a big, wet kiss for the military arms corporations. There is nothing in the bill that addresses the very real concern that this could start another Cold War, Pacific Version, or worse. In fact, it seems to welcome the possibility.

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MA
1
unionista
MA-1
1 year ago

I oppose The Taiwan Policy Act because it's time for you people to devote some time and energy to solving some of the problems of this country, such as how to repair our roads, bridges, dams and power grid. If you can figure that out, it will likely solve the unemployment problem. This country does not need to be responsible for evey other country on the planet. Please oppose this measure. Thanks.

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WA
10
JaneL
WA-10
1 year ago

I oppose The Taiwan Policy Act because... products from Taiwan can easily and should be manufactured in the U.S. to strengthen commerce. This can be done on a respectable wage scale if regulations are placed to restrict unethical and immoral corporate greed!! Restrict EXCESSIVE executive bonuses bailouts etc!!

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IN
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schmiley71
IN-2
1 year ago

Bill Summary

1/25/2013--Introduced.Taiwan Policy Act of 2013 - States that nothing in this Act shall be construed to amend or supersede the Taiwan Relations Act. States that it shall be U.S. policy to: (1) support Taiwan and the human rights of its people, (2) permit senior leaders of Taiwan to enter the United States under conditions of appropriate respect and permit meetings between high level Taiwanese and U.S. officials in all U.S. executive departments, and (3) sign a comprehensive extradition agreement. Authorizes the President to: (1) accept a letter of request from Taiwan for price and availability data or for a formal sales offer regarding the F-16C/D Fighting Falcon or other similar aircraft, and (2) transfer specified naval vessels to Taiwan. States that in conducting relations with Taiwan and China the United States continues to assent to the six assurances provided to Taiwan in 1982. Directs: (1) the President to appoint a Director of the American Institute in Taiwan, (2) the Department of State to continue its program to ensure meaningful participation by Taiwan in international organizations, and (3) the Secretary of State to brief Congress about any potential defense-related transfers to Taiwan. Authorizes the President to make available to Taiwan defense items or defense services, including: (1) air, maritime, and ground capabilities; and (2) capacity for partnership with friendly foreign militaries. Expresses the sense of Congress that the goal of trade negotiations with Taiwan should be the negotiation of a free trade agreement.

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