AIT to mark 40 years of Taiwan Relations Act with April 15 reception

List of important guests from US has not been announced yet

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/03/02
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

AIT to host a reception for the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act on April 15. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) will mark the 40thanniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act with a reception at its Taipei offices on April 15, but a list of the prominent guests has not been announced yet.

United States officials and members of Congress would be present at the new buildings in the capital’s Neihu District, but no further details were currently available, the Central News Agency revealed Saturday.

After President Jimmy Carter switched recognition to Beijing, Congress passed the Taiwan Relations Act, which he signed on April 10, 1979. The measure, laying a new foundation for further relations in the absence of official diplomatic ties, was retroactive until January 1, 1979.

AIT, which itself was a product of that act, explained that it was holding the reception on April 15 as a recess in Congressional activities would have started by then, allowing more prominent U.S. politicians to head for Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

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