U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), co-chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, today along with Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), introduced a resolution in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and the continuing and growing partnership between Taiwan and the United States:
“As Co-Chair of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, I am incredibly proud to introduce this resolution in commemoration of the Taiwan Relations Act’s 40th anniversary,” Inhofe said. “Our two countries are bound by shared interests and values—namely, our commitments to democracy, human rights, the rule of law and free enterprise. Taiwan is, and always will be, one of our most important partners in the region. I look forward to continue working with Taiwan to build on the legacy and partnership between our people.”
“Bearing witness to Taiwan’s flourishing democracy has been one of my proudest moments as a Member of Congress,” said Menendez. “As we mark the fortieth anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act, during a time of increased aggression by the Chinese, we need to continue to provide Taiwan all the necessary resources we have to deepen our bilateral relations. The Six Assurances that were committed to Taiwan forty years ago are six promises we can never break. I’m proud to join this resolution to mark this historic anniversary.”
“The 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act is a momentous occasion that deserves to be recognized with this bipartisan resolution,” Gardner said. “I’ve worked for years to enhance the United States’ ties with Taiwan in order to strengthen Taiwan’s standing around the world and reaffirm our commitment to the U.S.-Taiwan relationship. I will continue to advocate on behalf of Taiwan and the Taiwanese people, as guided by United States law, including the Taiwan Relations Act, the Taiwan Travel Act, and ARIA.”
“I was proud to vote for the Taiwan Relations Act in 1979,” said Markey. “The realities of a new era call for renewed dedication to peace, security, and our shared values. As we commemorate the TRA’s 40th anniversary, I look forward to redoubling bipartisan efforts to uphold our responsibility to strengthen relations between the people of the United States and the people of Taiwan."
“In the 40 years since the Taiwan Relations Act was signed into law, the U.S. and Taiwan have enjoyed a strong relationship rooted in our common values, as well as our shared economic and security interests,” Risch said. “Taiwan maintains a strong and robust democracy and free society, despite constant pressure from China. I am glad to celebrate 40 years of the Taiwan Relations Act, and look forward to many more years of partnership with the people of Taiwan.”