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Taiwan celebrates 40th Anniversary of Relations Act

Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019. 8:12 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: On April 9, 2019, President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing Wen attended a video conference with Tink Tanks of the United States of America in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the enactment of Taiwan Relations Act (TRA).

The video conference was moderated by Ambassador Richard Armitage, former US Deputy Secretary of State, and hosted by Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair Dr. Michael Green.

After her keynote speech, President Tsai responded to questions from the attendees.

President Tsai began her speech by remembering April 10, 1979 when the Taiwan Relations Act was enacted, opening a new chapter in Taiwan-US relations. 

“The momentous events that led to the swift passage of the TRA forty years ago marked a difficult time in Taiwan’s history. Many, both in the United States and here in Taiwan, were not optimistic about Taiwan’s future – or not clear as to whether that future could remain distinct from that of across the Strait. Few could have imagined that the foresight and friendship shown by the drafters of the TRA would eventually allow this relationship to blossom again, this time based on our shared values.  And few could have imagined that the Taiwan-US partnership would become stronger than ever, and a force for good across the world,” President Tsai said.

President Tsai reminded that since then, Taiwan has demonstrated to the world, their resolve to exercise their right to vote, a fundamental democratic process, proving that Taiwan was capable of joining a global community of free and democratic nations.

In addition, she acknowledged that Taiwan is now one of the freest countries in the world.

“Taiwan survived the challenges posed to us by history. We were not defeated. We are an island of resilience. And we have been working tirelessly to contribute to a brighter tomorrow for our region, and the world as well,” President Tsai asserted.

Last month, Taiwan and the United States announced the launch of the Indo-Pacific Democratic Governance Dialogue, which will be a platform to pursue joint projects advancing good governance and human rights among like-minded countries.

Taiwan and the US are also cooperating to advance religious freedom in the region.

“But today, we have gone from a net recipient of aid to a high-tech powerhouse. All of this is taking place at a time our international space is under unprecedented challenge,” Tsai expressed.

But, the Taiwanese president did not fail to mention the pressure set forth by China in a campaign to ‘deny’ Taiwan their right to participate in international affairs.

President Tsai expressed gratitude to the US and other like-minded countries have continued to support Taiwan in their international endeavors.

“And together, with your support, we will continue to remind the world that Taiwan is an irreplaceable force for good in the world,” she ended by saying.

Belize and Taiwan established diplomatic ties in 1989 and have enjoyed strong bilateral relations ever since.


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