Asia Program

The Taiwan Relations Act: Still Essential in Changing Times

By
David J. Keegan

The Wilson Center’s Asia Program is pleased to present the second in a series of policy briefs marking the 35th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act, and offering recommendations designed to ensure that the TRA remains relevant to the policy challenges of the 21stcentury.

In this policy brief, retired State Department official David Keegan argues that the TRA has protected the interests of both Taiwan and the United States over the past 35 years, but adds that Washington needs to integrate Taipei more clearly into its China policy, including U.S. security planning for China’s maritime periphery.   

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