U.S. House passes bill bolstering support for Taiwan

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/05/08
By: Chiang Chinye, Yeh Su-ping and Evelyn Kao

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Washington-Taipei, May 8 (CNA) The United States House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill to support security in Taiwan and approved a non-binding resolution reaffirming the U.S. commitment to Taiwan.

The House passed the 2019 Taiwan Assurance Act, which calls for regular transfers of defense articles to Taiwan and opening dialogue toward a Taiwan-U.S. free trade agreement.

The bill recognizes that Taiwan is an important part of U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy and urges the government to assist Taiwan in terms of regular arms sales, and developing and integrating asymmetric warfare capabilities, including undersea warfare and air defense capabilities.

The bill also wants the U.S. Trade Representative to resume talks under the U.S.-Taiwan Trade and Investment Framework Agreement with the goal of reaching a bilateral free trade agreement.    [FULL  STORY]

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