Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Taiwan Caucus Co-Chairs Send Joint Letter to President Trump Before Meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Apr 5, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Albio Sires (NJ-08), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), and Gregg Harper (MS-03), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, along with 147 congressional colleagues, sent a letter to President Donald Trump ahead of his upcoming meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The letter emphasized the United States’ and Taiwan’s mutual interests and urged the President to reaffirm the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances as the cornerstone of U.S.-Taiwan bilateral relations.

A PDF of the letter can be found here, or read the full text below:

Dear Mr. President:

We write to emphasize the mutual interests of the United States and our vital strategic partner Taiwan before your upcoming meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

As co-chairs and members of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, and other good friends of Taiwan in Congress, we seek to ensure that the United States continues to adhere to the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and the Six Assurances – cornerstones of U.S.-Taiwan policy. We also urge your administration to uphold the commitment of every president since the TRA’s passage in 1979 to continue to provide defensive weapons to Taiwan predicated on Taiwan’s demonstrated military needs, and without any prior consultation with Beijing.

Taiwan is a vibrant democracy and our tenth largest trading partner. Consistent U.S. policy toward Taiwan is key to sustaining peace, security, and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. We trust that any future discussions will be rooted firmly in the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances. We wish you success in your impending meeting with President Xi Jinping.

 

Sincerely,

Mario Diaz-Balart
Member of Congress

Albio Sires
Member of Congress

Gerald E. Connolly
Member of Congress

Gregg Harper
Member of Congress

 


 

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