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US congress to hold events to mark TRA's 35th anniversary

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The United States Congress has been holding a series of events to mark the upcoming 35th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act, (台灣關係法, TRA) the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced yesterday.

“This series of events have helped to exemplify the friendly and cordial relations between Taiwan and the United States,” Kelly Hsieh (謝武樵), head of the Foreign Ministry's Department of North American Affairs, said yesterday in Taipei.

On March 14, the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing on “The Promise of the Taiwan Relations Act” to mark the upcoming 35th anniversary of the law, which governs the unofficial ties between Washington and Taipei and U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.

The Committee held another hearing on March 25, during which it passed a piece of legislation to reaffirm U.S. support for the TRA.

The legislation, entitled House Resolution No. 494, introduced by Ed Royce, chairman of the committee, seeks to reaffirm the House's “unwavering commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act as the cornerstone of relations between the United States and Taiwan.”

The U.S. Congress is also scheduled to hold a reception on April 2 to celebrate the 35 anniversary of the act, Hsieh added.

Taiwan's new top envoy to Washington, Shen Lyu-shun (沈呂巡), is expected to attend the reception on behalf of the R.O.C. government.

The TRA was implemented on April 10, 1979 to maintain commercial, cultural and other relations between the people of the U.S. and the people of Taiwan, after Washington switched its diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing.

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