By: Chiang Chin-yeh and Emerson Lim
Washington, April 1 (CNA) A group of U.S. congressmen on Monday introduced a bill in the House of Representatives to foster security in Taiwan and support its inclusion in international organizations to mark the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA).
The bill, named the Taiwan Assurance Act, was submitted by Eliot Engel, Michael McCaul, Brad Sherman and Ted Yoho, corresponding to a Senate version of the bill with the same title introduced on March 26.
The House version of the bill calls for “regular sales and transfers of defense articles to Taiwan in order to enhance its self-defense capabilities,” including undersea warfare and air defense capabilities.
The bill also wants the U.S. Trade Representative to resume meetings under the U.S.-Taiwan Trade and Investment Framework Agreement with the goal of reaching a bilateral free trade agreement that increases market access for U.S. exports to Taiwan and enhances Taiwan’s economic resilience. [FULL STORY]