43 years ago, the United States Congress overwhelmingly approved—and President Jimmy Carter signed it into law— The Taiwan Relations Act is one of the most important pillars of US foreign policy in Asia Pacific.
Taiwan Relations Act established America’s commitment to a democratic Taiwan and provided the framework for an economic and diplomatic relationship Which would soon become a major union. they fostered deep friendships shared interests and valuesSelf-determination and self-government, democracy and liberty, human dignity and human rights.
And he made a solemn pledge on behalf of the United States to support Taiwan’s defense: “For the peace and security of the Pacific region to consider any attempt to determine Taiwan’s future in a non-peaceful manner.” The danger and grave of grave concern for the United States.”
America must remember that pledge today. We must support Taiwan, the island of resilience, Taiwan is a leader in governance: currently, in its advocacy for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and for environmental protection. It is a leader in efforts for peace, security and economic mobility: with an entrepreneurial spirit, a culture of innovation and a technological prowess They are jealous of the world.
Unfortunately, however, this vibrant and strong democracy, named one of the freest in the world by Freedom House and proudly led by one woman, President Tsai Ing-wen, Is in danger.
In recent years, Beijing has dramatically increased tensions with Taiwan, The PRC has increased patrols near Taiwan’s air defense area and even by bombers, fighters and surveillance aircraft, leading the US Defense Department to conclude that the Chinese military “He is probably preparing a contingency to forcefully unite Taiwan with the PRC.”
The PRC has taken this fight to cyberspace, launching dozens of attacks against government agencies in Taiwan every day. At the same time, Beijing is squeezing Taiwan economically: It puts pressure on global corporations to cut ties with the island, intimidates countries that cooperate with Taiwan, and suppresses tourism from the PRC.
In the face of intense attack from the Communist Party of China, The visit of our congressional delegation should be seen as a clear statement that the United States supports Taiwan.Our democratic comrades, defending ourselves and our liberties.
Our visit, one of several congressional delegations to the island, does not in any way contradict the long-standing one-China policy, which is based on the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, the Joint U.S.-China Communion and the Six Assurances. is directed by. The United States continues to resist unilateral attempts to change the status quo.
Our visit is part of a comprehensive tour of the Pacific region, including Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan, focused on mutual security, economic partnership and democratic governance. Our discussions with our Taiwanese partners will focus on reaffirming our support for the island and promoting our common interests., including the advancement of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. America’s solidarity with Taiwan is today more important than ever, not only for the island’s 23 million people, but also for the millions of others oppressed and threatened by the PRC.
Thirty years ago, I traveled to China with a bipartisan congressional delegation, where, in Tiananmen Square, we hoisted a black-and-white banner that read, “For those who died for democracy in China.” As soon as we left the square, the uniformed police chased us. since, Beijing’s dismal human rights record and disregard for the rule of law continueWhile President Xi Jinping has tightened his grip on power.
The CCP’s brutal crackdown on Hong Kong’s political freedoms and human rights, including the arrest of Catholic Cardinal Joseph Zen, has thrown promises of “one country, two systems” into the dustbin. In Tibet, the CCP has long led a campaign to eradicate the language, culture, religion and identity of the Tibetan people. In Xinjiang, Beijing is carrying out genocide against Muslim Uighurs and other minorities. And across the continent, the CCP continues to target and arrest activists, religious freedom leaders, and others who dare to challenge the regime.
As long as the CCP moves to endanger Taiwan and democracy itself, we cannot stand silently.
In fact, we are taking this journey at a time when The world faces a choice between autocracy and democracy, As Russia continues to kill thousands of innocent people, including children, in its pre-planned and illegal war against Ukraine, it is essential that the United States and our allies make it clear that We will never bow down to the autocrats.