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Taipei welcomes US support of the TRA

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan yesterday welcomed the passage of a resolution by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs to reaffirm support for the Taiwan Relations Act (台灣關係法, TRA).

"The passage of the resolution shows that the U.S. Congress attaches great importance to Taiwan-U.S. relations," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday.

MOFA's comment came after the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs on Tuesday passed a piece of legislation to reaffirm the 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."

Co-sponsored by six other members, the non-binding resolution supports "the United States' commitment to Taiwan's security in accord with the Taiwan Relations Act, including the sale of sophisticated defensive weapons to Taiwan."

In response, MOFA yesterday said the passage of the resolution shows the strong and close relations between Taiwan and the U.S. and how the U.S. Congress places high importance on bilateral ties.

During the committee hearing, many congressmen expressed their support for the piece of legislation, according to MOFA. The resolution will soon be presented to the House of Representatives, it said.

The passage of the resolution came ahead of the upcoming 35th anniversary of the TRA.

35th Anniversary of TRA

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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