A Legacy of Legislative Leadership: The Taiwan Relations Act after 35 Years


This study provides an overview of the history and terms of the Taiwan Relations Act and shows how it has facilitated the maintenance of close ties between the United States and the Republic of China on Taiwan. After discussing some proposals to change US policy, the author suggests that some modest modifications might be warranted. However, he concludes that efforts to revise, repeal or bolster the TRA should be resisted. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of American Journal of Chinese Studies is the property of American Journal of Chinese Studies and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)


Political Science

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China, Taiwan Relations Act, United States Foreign Policy, United States-Taiwan Relations

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American Journal of Chinese Studies