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ture and chief executive;

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(B) declare that the continued lack of a

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(C) call upon the Government of the Peo

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Hewithe

(Original Signature Member)

108TH CONGRESS

2D SESSION

H. CON. RES. 462

Reaffirming unwavering commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act, and for

other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Mr. HYDE submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred

to the Committee on

for humself, and Mr. lautos

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Reaffirming unwavering commitment to the Taiwan Relations

Act, and for other purposes. .

Whereas April 10, 2004, marked the 25th anniversary of the

enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act (22 U.S.C. 3301 et seq.), codifying in law the basis for continued commercial, cultural, and other relations between the United States and Taiwan;

Whereas it is and will continue to be United States policy to

further encourage and expand these extensive commercial, cultural, and other relations between the people of the United States and the people of Taiwan during the next quarter century;

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Whereas since its enactment in 1979 the Taiwan Relations

Act has been instrumental in maintaining peace, security, and stability in the Taiwan Strait;

Whereas when the Taiwan Relations Act was enacted, it af

firmed that the decision of the United States to establish diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China was based on the expectation that the future of Taiwan would be determined by peaceful means;

Whereas the Government of the People's Republic of China

refuses to renounce the use of force against Taiwan;

Whereas the Department of Defense report entitled “Annual

Report on the Military Power of the People's Republic of China,” dated July 30, 2003, documents that the Government of the People's Republic of China is seeking coercive military options to resolve the Taiwan issue and, as of the date of the report, has deployed approximately 450 short-range ballistic missiles against Taiwan and is

adding 75 missiles per year to this arsenal; Whereas the escalating arms buildup of missiles and other of

fensive weapons by the People's Republic of China in areas adjacent to the Taiwan Strait is a threat to the peace and security of the Western Pacific area;

Whereas section 3 of the Taiwan Relations Act (22 U.S.C.

3302) requires that the United States Government will make available defense articles and defense services in such quantity as may be necessary to enable Taiwan to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability;

Whereas the Taiwan Relations Act requires the United States

to maintain the capacity to resist any resort to force or other forms of coercion that would jeopardize the secu

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rity, or the social or economic system, of the people of Taiwan;

Whereas the Taiwan Relations Act affirms the preservation

and enhancement of the human rights of the people of Taiwan as an objective of the United States;

Whereas Taiwan serves as a model of democratic reform for

the People's Republic of China;

Whereas Taiwan's 1996 election was the first time in five

millennia of recorded Chinese history that a democrat

ically elected president took office; Whereas Taiwan's democracy has deepened with a peaceful

transfer of power from one political party to another

after the presidential election of 2000; Whereas the relationship between the United States and Tai

wan has deepened with Taiwan's evolution into a fullfledged, multi-party democracy that respects human rights and civil liberties;

Whereas high-level visits between government officials of the

United States and Taiwan are not inconsistent with the

“one China policy”; and Whereas any attempt to determine Taiwan's future by other

than peaceful means and other than with the express consent of the people of Taiwan would be considered of grave concern to the United States; Now, therefore, be it

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(1) Congress reaffirms its unwavering commit

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ment to the Taiwan Relations Act (22 U.S.C. 3301

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et seq.) as the cornerstone of United States relations

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China is a matter of grave concern, and particularly

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(5) as recommended by the U.S.-China Eco

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nomic and Security Review Commission, the Depart

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ment of Defense should provide a comprehensive re

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port on the nature and scope of military sales by the

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