Ed Royce Expresses Support for Taiwan at Congressional Hearing

March 14, 2014

House Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Ed Royce held a hearing today to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act and to reaffirm the U.S.'s strong bilateral relationship with Taiwan. Chairman Royce highlighted the importance of the Taiwan Relations Act in helping to shape Taiwan into a modern democracy with respect for human rights, the rule of law, and free markets. He emphasized the importance of Taiwan to the U.S. strategic and economic interests and urged the White House to support Taiwan's inclusion in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

In his testimony at the hearing, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kin Moy said that the U.S.-Taiwan relationship has never been stronger than it is today and that Taiwan was a key element of the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific.   However, many House representatives expressed their belief that the U.S. could do more to strengthen political, diplomatic, and economic ties with Taiwan.

Chairman Royce has been a staunch advocate for strengthening the U.S.-Taiwan bilateral relationship. He led a delegation of eight Congress members to Taiwan in February of 2014 to meet with Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou and other senior leaders to discuss how to promote diplomatic and economic ties.

Click here for a transcript of Royce's opening statement.

Click here for a transcript of Moy's statement.

Click here full videos of the hearing.

Click here for a response to the hearing from the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.