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Washington, D.C. – In 2019, House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul introduced the Taiwan Assurance Act, a bipartisan, bicameral bill requiring the State Department to reassess self-imposed restrictions on U.S. relations with Taiwan. The Act became law in December 2020, and this week, the State Department took action to lift all such restrictions. Lead Republican McCaul made the following statement:

“I am pleased to see the State Department take swift and decisive action to implement the bipartisan Taiwan Assurance Act, which I introduced to ensure we move beyond the outdated red tape limiting our relationship with Taiwan. Since Congress established U.S.-Taiwan relations in 1979, Taiwan has grown into a vital democracy and critical U.S. partner. Due to our shared priorities today of confronting the generational threat posed by the CCP, it is time to eliminate this unnecessary bureaucracy so we can deepen our ties with Taiwan and help to bolster them against further marginalization by the CCP’s growing aggression.”