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US will not retaliate over beef ban, Jason Yuan says


The situation, however, is now changing, the business leader said.

“China’s economic importance to Taiwan has soared and that relationship will soon be formalized in a free-trade agreement,” Hammond-Chambers said.

“Meanwhile, America’s increasing inability to maintain a credible and consistent security commitment undermines Taiwan’s confidence in our resolve. Couple that with our ‘on again, off again’ trade policy and we are doing a great deal to undermine broader US interests in the market,” Hammond-Chambers said

Citing a Financial Times report, Hammond-Chambers said that Minister of Foreign Affairs Timothy Yang (楊進添) had told legislators that “ it was the government’s understanding that ‘there is a certain interaction’ between the beef ban and future US arms sales to Taiwan.”

Hammond-Chambers, however, said that if this were true, “this sort of linkage directly violates the Taiwan Relations Act, which clearly states that ‘the [US] president and the Congress shall determine the nature and quantity of such defense articles and services based solely upon their judgment of the [defense] needs of Taiwan.’”

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has instructed his government to use every power possible to attempt to minimize any damaging impact on Taiwan’s relations with the US that the lawmakers’ decision could have.

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