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AIT to release video for TRA's 35th anniversary

TAIPEI--The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said Monday that it will release a video later this week at an event to mark the 35th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), a key basis for the development of ties between Taiwan and the United States.

Christopher Marut, director of the AIT's Taipei Office, will deliver remarks at the April 10 event in Taipei, which will also be attended by David Lee, chairman of Taiwan's Coordination Council for North American Affairs which handles ties with the U.S., AIT said.

The video, about seven minutes long, features Marut and other American officials speaking about the TRA and Taiwan-U.S. relations, said AIT, which represents U.S. interests in the absence of diplomatic ties.

It will be posted on AIT's Facebook page and website after receiving its premiere at the anniversary event, said AIT spokesman Mark Zimmer.

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

The statute pledges to help ensure peace, security and stability in the Western Pacific and to promote the foreign policy of the U.S. It also obliges the U.S. "to provide Taiwan with arms of a defensive character."

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