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灣研究院是在美國成立的台美人智庫型組織,從事與台灣過去及未來發展相關的研究。研究人員以研究志工身份從事不同領域之研究。研究心得將以研究報告及評論方式發表。





The Institute for Taiwanese Studies (ITS) hosted a roundtable, featuring Dr. Ing-Wen Tsai (third from right, front row) in Los Angeles on January 16, 2006.  Currently, Dr. Tsai is the President of Taiwan and the Chairperson of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP, Taiwan).  ITS Chairman Wencheng Lin (first from left. front row), ITS President Adolf Huang (standing behind Dr. Tsai) and the scholars from USC, UCLA, UCI, Rand Corp., ITS and other invited guests attended the session.
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Taiwan Assurance Act was officially signed by President Trump

On December 21, 2020, the US Congress passed H.R. 133 or an appropriation bill for Y2021 which covers the fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30 next year and covers a US$900 billion COVID-19 pandemic relief package, US$1.4 trillion to fund government agencies etc..    It also includes the Taiwan Assurance Act (TAA) of 2020 (H.R. 2020 (116th)) .   President Trump signed the bill six days later.    The TAA has five sections: Section 1. Short title; Section 2. Findings; Section 3. Sense of Congress; Section 4. Taiwan’s inclusion in international organizations; Section 5. Review of Department of State Taiwan guidelines.     The pro-Taiwan bill was first separately introduced by Senator Tom Cotton and Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel and Representative Michael McCaul in March and April of 2019, respectively. The House of Representatives unanimously passed the bill on May 7, 2019. 

The House version of the bill aims to further deepen Taiwan-US relations on the basis of the Taiwan Relations Act. It notes that the U.S. government supports Taiwan's continued asymmetric warfare strategy and encourages Taiwan to increase defense spending. The bill also calls for normalization of arms sales to help the East Asian nation strengthen its self-defense capabilities.   In terms of international participation, the House bill points out that the U.S. supports Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the U.N. and affiliated organizations, such as the World Health Assembly (WHA), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), and other international groups not requiring statehood.     It also recommends a review of the State Department’s guidelines for exchanges with Taiwan and requires the Secretary of State to submit a report within 180 days of the enactment of the bill to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.  

Taiwan government expressed gratitude for the passage of the act.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted: January 7, 2021
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