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09 April 2004

State Department Marks 25th Anniversary of Taiwan Relations Act

April 9 statement stresses U.S. commitment to peace and stability

The U.S. Department of State issued a statement April 9 marking the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA). The TRA was signed into law by then President Jimmy Carter on April 10, 1979, to define U.S. government policy toward Taiwan following U.S. recognition of the People's Republic of China.

Following is the text of the statement:

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U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesman
For Immediate Release
April 9, 2004
Statement by Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman

25th Anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act

April 10, 2004 marks the 25th Anniversary of the enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act. The Taiwan Relations Act has made a vital contribution to ensuring peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, and provides a strong framework to help ensure Taiwan's security. The U.S. is strongly committed to fulfilling its obligations under the Act. The traditional bonds of friendship between the people of the United States and the people of Taiwan remain are strong and vibrant. The people of Taiwan can count on the United States to pursue a steady and constructive policy toward East Asia and the Taiwan Strait area.

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