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20 Years Taiwan Relations Act

In April 1999, it will be twenty years since the enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act. Below we link to the text of the Act, as well as to conferences and symposia which are being held to commemorate the event.

From AIT: The Taiwan Relations Act

In the U.S. House of Representatives, House Concurrent Resolution 56 was introduced, designed to reaffirm US commitment to Taiwan's safety and security.

On 26 March 1999, the Senate version of the Resolution, Senate Concurrent Resolution 17, was reported in the US Senate.

On 25 March, 1999, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on "U.S.-Taiwan Relations: The 20th Anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act." Testimony was given by Carl Ford, who spent 28 years as a Asia specialist in the Pentagon, the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Senate.

On 24 March 1999, the Woodrow Wilson Center and the American Institute in Taiwan jointly sponsored Two Decades of U.S.-Taiwan Relations. The following is the keynote address by U.S. Assistant Secretary Stanley Roth.

On 23 March 1999, the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) organized a symposium titled The 20th Anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act and The View from Taiwan, with presentations by former IAT Director Ambassador Nat Bellocchi, Dr. Bob Sutter of the Congressional Research Service, and a delegation from Taiwan, consisting of Prof. Chen Lung-chu, Legislator Trong Chai, and Taoyuan County magistrate Annette Lü.