by Michael Mazza
American Enterprise Institute
April 28, 2014
National Security Outlook
This April marked the 35th anniversary of the enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), a law initiated by Congress in the wake of the Carter administration's decision to break diplomatic ties with the Republic of China (ROC) and to instead establish relations with the People's Republic of China (PRC). Arguably, in the face of the PRC's continuing military buildup across the Taiwan Strait, successive administrations and Congress have not lived up to the TRA. These stipulations include considering any nonpeaceful threats to Taiwanese future "a threat" to the peace of the Western Pacific and of "grave concern" to the United States, mandating that the United States maintain "the capacity . . . to resist any resort to force or other forms of coercion.” Certainly, Taiwan should do more to up its military capabilities. But, it is in America's interest to see greater defense cooperation between the two countries.



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