Inhofe, Menendez Celebrate Anniversary of Taiwan Relations Act

WASHINGTON— U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), co-chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, today released the following statements in celebration of the 37th anniversary of the enactment of the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and the continuing and growing partnership between Taiwan and the United States:

“As we celebrate the anniversary of this vital legislation, the importance of the relationship between Taiwan and the United States cannot be overstated,” Inhofe said. “The Taiwan Relations Act has played an indispensable role in shaping American policy toward Taiwan and U.S. strategy in Asia. Taiwan is one of the strongest democratic and economic partners of the United States in the Asia-Pacific region and serves as a model of freedom. Taiwan’s strength, both democratically and economically, helps to bolster peace and stability in this strategically important region.”

“This anniversary not only represents another important milestone in our longstanding relationship, but also celebrates the foundation on which our bilateral security, economic and trade relations will continue to grow and flourish,” said Menendez. “Taiwan's impressive achievements over the last decades have proven the merits of the Taiwan Relations Act. Looking forward, as we commemorate the anniversary of this landmark legislation, the United States will continue to support Taiwan's democracy, freedom and economic prosperity – and the longstanding friendship with the people of Taiwan.”