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Tsai thanks US senators for supporting arms sales to Taiwan

2017-06-26
  • President Tsai

    President Tsai

    President Tsai Ing-wen is featured in this CNA file photo.

President Tsai Ing-wen has thanked a handful of US lawmakers for supporting US arms sales to Taiwan.

 

Eight US senators sent a letter dated June 23rd to US President Donald Trump, urging him to support the arms sales, as well as the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), and Taiwan’s self-defense. The TRA, passed by Congress in 1979, requires the United States to provide Taiwan with defensive weapons.

 

The eight senators also demanded that the Trump administration send notifications to Congress immediately about what they referred to as “a number of small Taiwan arms sales programs awaiting congressional notification.”

 

The letter was jointly signed by the eight senators, including John McCain, the chair of the Senate Armed Forces Committee.

 

In the letter, they said that following President Tsai’s election last year, "China has intensified its economic coercion and military intimidation tactics, thereby stoking cross-strait tensions and threatening peace and security in the Taiwan Strait."

 

The letter also said "Taiwan has significant and legitimate future defense requirements, including replacement fighters, new submarines, new missile defense and electronic warfare capabilities, as well as support for its cyber-security efforts."