TAIPEI Act a loud message of U.S. support for Taiwan: congressman

Focus Taiwan
Date: 03/27/2020
By: Stacy Hsu and Elizabeth Hsu

U.S. Congressman John Curtis

Washington, March 26 (CNA) American Congressman John Curtis said the United States' legislation of a bill aimed at shoring up Taiwan's international presence sends a "loud message" of support in the hope that more countries will recognize Taiwan's importance.

The Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act of 2019 was signed into law Thursday by U.S. President Donald Trump, after it was passed unanimously by both the Senate and the House of Representatives earlier this month.

The Act authorizes the U.S. State Department to consider "reducing its economic, security and diplomatic engagements with nations that take serious or significant actions to undermine Taiwan."

"One of the important things is simply the United States saying this, and it's a very loud message that we're not just saying it for an interview, we're putting it into law, and that's no small thing," said Republican House Representative John Curtis in response to CNA's question on how the act will translate into concrete actions.    [FULL  STORY\]

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