U.S. Republican National Committee backs arms sales to Taiwan

Washington-The U.S. Republican National Committee (RNC) on Friday approved a resolution giving full support to President Donald Trump’s arms sales to Taiwan.

The resolution was one of 12 adopted during the annual RNC summer meeting being held from Aug. 23 to 26 in Nashville, Tennessee.

It came two months after the Trump administration announced a US$1.42 billion arms sale package to Taiwan, the first since Trump took office in January.

The resolution noted that the close friendship between the United States and Taiwan was cemented during the Cold War years and has endured for more than 65 years through many shifts in Asia’s geopolitical landscape.

Based on the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) of 1979, it is the policy of the United States to provide Taiwan with defensive arms and to maintain its capacity to resist any resort to force or other forms of coercion that would jeopardize the security, or the social and economic system of the people on Taiwan, it said.

In addition, it is stated in President Ronald Reagan’s 1982 Six Assurances that “the United States would not set a date for termination of arms sales to Taiwan” and that “the United States would not consult with the People’s Republic of China in advance before making decisions about United States arms sales to Taiwan,” it pointed out.

The resolution is the latest move made by the Republican Party in support of Taiwan.

In its 2016 platform, the party also reaffirmed the Six Assurances and reiterated the TRA as the basis of Taiwan-U.S. ties.

Last year, the U.S. Congress also adopted resolutions reaffirming the TRA and the Six Assurances as the cornerstones of U.S.-Taiwan relations.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel