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A Message from our Chairman: In Support of Lifting Self-Imposed Restrictions on the U.S.-Taiwan Relationship

By: Randall G. Schriver |

The January 9, 2021 Department of State announcement that the United States will lift all self-imposed restrictions on the U.S.-Taiwan relationship marks an especially significant and positive international development.

For decades, the United States’ policy toward Taiwan has been constrained by our own self-imposed restrictions. The U.S. government lifted all restrictions, realigning U.S. policy with reality, and setting the stage for a new era of U.S.-Taiwan relations. This development is long overdue. 

As President-elect Biden assumes office on January 20th, his administration will inherit a posture in U.S.-Taiwan relations removed of unhelpful limitations and difficult political decisions. His administration will be empowered to chart a new course in U.S. policy with tremendous possibilities. For the first time in 40 years, the United States is free to enact policy wholly in our best interest. 

We encourage the incoming Biden administration to build upon this important moment to support a more peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific.

The Honorable Randall G. Schriver

The Project 2049 Institute