The US should intervene in Taiwan’s party primaries in line with the TRA

Washington has legal obligation to intervene in KMT and DPP presidential primary elections

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/05/28
By: Pin Min-ming, Taiwan News, Contributing Writer

(By Wikimedia Commons)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), passed in 1979 and celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019, is the domestic law of the United States governing relations with Taiwan.

The law was designed to safeguard human rights in the Western Pacific and to maintain peace across the Taiwan Strait.

Some of its major provisions under Section Two, part B include the following:

– To consider any effort to determine the future of Taiwan by other than peaceful means, including by boycotts or embargoes, a threat to the peace and security of the Western Pacific area and of grave concern to the United States

– To maintain the capacity of the United States to resist any resort to force or other forms of coercion that would jeopardize the security, or the social or economic system, of the people on Taiwan.


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