Serial No. 106-111: H.R. 1838, The Taiwan Security Enhancement Act: Markup before the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives One Hundred Sixth Congress, First Session, October 26, 1999 [open pdf - 1MB]
On October 26, 1999, the House of Representatives Committee on International Relations convenes to discuss and markup H.R. 1838, The Taiwan Security Enhancement Act. Chairman Benjamin Gilman explains the amended version of the bill, saying that "It continues to mandate that extra positions be reserved for Taiwanese officers at U.S. military schools, that secure direct communications be established between our Nation and Taiwanese militaries for coordination in the event of a crisis, and that the Congress be kept fully and currently informed of the status of arms sales requests from Taiwan." He maintains that "the United States should, without question, continue to steadfastly meet its security commitments to Taipei as stipulated in the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act." Mr. Gedjensen concurs that America should "stand up very squarely in favor of these democratic institutions" that are to be found in Taiwan. He refutes the Clinton Administration argument for rapprochement with the PRC with the idea that America's support for democracy does not constitute "some kind of military adventure" against China. Ranking Democrat of the Asian Subcommittee Mr. Lantos, however, believes that "is a piece of legislation which is unneeded, counterproductive, and while it does have some Democratic support, I don't think it is quite accurate to refer to it as a bipartisan piece of legislation." He states that "I have no doubt in my mind that the genesis of this legislation is politically designed to embarrass the Administration". In the end, the amendment passes 32 to 6.
Serial Number 106-111