Taiwan marks 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act

  • 12 February, 2019
  • Paula Chao
Taiwan marks 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act

The foreign ministry is planning out a series of events to mark the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA).

The US Congress passed the act on January 1, 1979 to govern Washington’s relations with Taipei. The act’s passage coincided with the United States’ move to switch recognition from Taipei to Beijing.

To showcase the act’s importance for Taiwan-US ties and cross-strait security, the foreign ministry and Taiwan’s representative offices in the US are planning a series of ten projects. These include a TRA-themed video exhibit, a seminar on religious freedom, an agricultural mission, and a youth workshop.  

The foreign ministry is also working to invite US political heavyweights including lawmakers and senior officials to visit Taiwan.

To mark the act’s 40th anniversary, the foreign ministry has designed a diamond-shaped logo to symbolize the enduring partnership between Taiwan and the US.

Meanwhile, the foreign ministry says it has no plans to arrange a US trip for President Tsai Ing-wen, adding that future visits, if any, will be promoted in a pragmatic way.

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