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Ros-Lehtinen to seek enhanced TRA

UPGRADING RELATIONS:The new act could call for Taiwan to be admitted to the US visa-waiver program and urge a conclusion to bilateral trade and investment talks

By William Lowther  /  Staff Reporter in Washington

At a hearing on Taiwan in June, Ros-Lehtinen said: “There is a new spirit of appeasement in the air. Some in Washington policy circles are suggesting that the time has come to recognize the reality of a rising China and to cut our ties to Taiwan. This would be a terrible mistake.”

“The commitments made in the Taiwan Relations Act have remained unchanged for over 30 years and still hold true today. Taiwan needs the means to defend itself from threats and intimidation. Taiwan needs the next generation of F-16 fighters now in order to protect its skies,” she added. “To avoid any misinterpretation about Congressional commitment to Taiwan’s security and its survival, I will soon introduce legislation to enhance the Taiwan Relations Act.”

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