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US’ “Six Assurances” to Taiwan

On August 31, 2020, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) unveiled declassified documents in which the administration of former US president Ronald Reagan laid out the “six assurances” to Taiwan in 1982.

The content of declassified six assurances, sent in 1982 from the State Department, is shown below:

1.    The United States has not agreed to set a date for ending arms sales to Taiwan.

2.    The United States has not agreed to consult with the PRC on arms sales to Taiwan.

3.    The United States will not play mediation role between Taipei and Beijing.

4.    The United States has not agreed to revise the Taiwan Relations Act.

5.    The United States has not altered its position regarding sovereignty over Taiwan.

6.    The United States will not exert pressure on Taiwan to enter into negotiations with the PRC.

As a matter of fact, the content of unofficial “Six Assurance” was first expressed by the former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs John H. Holdridge in 1982 (which was delivered to Taiwan's President Chiang Ching-kuo by then-Director of the American Institute in Taiwan James R. Lilley).   For decades, most politicians and scholars in Washington knew that.   

The unofficial “Six Assurances” to Taiwan

July 1982

1. The United States would not set a date for termination of arms sales to Taiwan.

2. The United States would not alter the terms of the
Taiwan Relations Act.

3. The United States would not consult with China in advance before making decisions about U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.

4. The United States would not mediate between Taiwan and China.

5. The United States would not alter its position about the sovereignty of Taiwan which was, that the question was one to be decided peacefully by the Chinese themselves, and would not pressure Taiwan to enter into negotiations with China.

6. The United States would not formally recognize Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan.
































Posted: September 15, 2020
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