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US must add more teeth to the TRA

Not many Americans know Taiwan’s location, they might confuse its moniker the Republic of China (ROC) with China and some might even respond by saying that they love “Thai food” when asked if they have heard about Taiwan.

Therefore, it is hardly surprising that only a few with exposure to the geopolitics of the region know about the existence of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), which is turning 40 this year and has guided US policy toward Taiwan and cross-strait relations.

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Pompeo, US lawmakers voice support


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in Washington on Wednesday.
Photo: Reuters

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and three members of the US Congress voiced support for Taiwan on Wednesday, the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA).

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DPP postpones its presidential primary


Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Cho Jung-tai, left, walks past a crowd of reporters at the DPP’s headquarters in Taipei yesterday as he prepares to chair a Central Executive Committee meeting.
Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

Top Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials have decided to delay the start of the party’s presidential primary from Friday to May 22, with the time frame for a public opinion poll to be worked out later, DPP Secretary-General Luo Wen-chia (羅文嘉) said yesterday after a meeting of the DPP Central Executive Committee.

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Su rejects Chinese citizen’s NHI bid


The signage of the Mainland Affairs Council is pictured in an undated photograph.
Photo: Chung Li-hua, Taipei Times

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday lambasted legal expert Shao Tzu-ping (邵子平) for accepting Chinese citizenship while expecting to remain eligible for Taiwan’s National Health Insurance (NHI) system and pension program.

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Taiwan’s media should be able to cover UN: RSF


The UN’s headquarters in New York City is pictured on Oct. 9 last year.
Photo: Reuters

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) yesterday called for Taiwanese reporters to be allowed to cover UN events, including the annual World Health Assembly (WHA).

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Rally in Kaohsiung against ‘one country, two systems’


People march against China’s “one country, two systems” framework in Kaohsiung. The banner reads: “Reject ‘one country, two systems’ and create a new Taiwanese nation.”
Photo: Chang Chung-yi, Taipei Times

A group of about 1,000 people yesterday protested in Kaohsiung’s Labor Park against China’s proposal to implement a “one country, two systems” framework in Taiwan.

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US Vice President Joe Biden, who is expected to embark on a state visit to China in the middle of next month, will provide assurances to Beijing that the US has no plans to sell Taiwan the F-16C/D aircraft it is seeking, reports said yesterday.

During his visit, Biden will explain why the US President Barack Obama’s administration, facing pressure from US Congress and required to meet its obligations under the Taiwan Relations Act, would agree to upgrade Taiwan’s fleet of 144 F-16A/B aircraft, the Chinese-language news service DW News (多維新聞) reported, citing an unnamed “senior US official.”

However, Biden will reportedly tell his Chinese hosts that Washington has no plans to sell to Taiwan the 66 more advanced F-16C/D it has been seeking since 2006, the report said.