HOUSE PASSES THE TAIWAN INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY ACT TO SAFEGUARD TAIWAN'S GLOBAL PARTICIPATION
Washington, D.C., July 25, 2023
Tags: Foreign Affairs & Trade
Washington, D.C. — Today, the House passed the Taiwan International Solidarity Act, bipartisan legislation authored by Congressman John Curtis (R-UT) and Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), co-Chair of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus that seeks to counter Beijing’s attempts to exclude Taiwan from participating in international organizations.
“The passage of the Taiwan International Solidarity Act is a significant step in reaffirming our commitment to Taiwan and in opposing attempts by the People’s Republic of China to use international organizations to distort Taiwan’s status,” said Rep. Curtis. “Building on my TAIPEI Act, this bipartisan legislation stands strong in support of Taiwan's rightful place on the global stage.”
“For too long, the People’s Republic of China has distorted policies and procedures at international organizations to assert its sovereignty claims over Taiwan, often to the detriment of global health and security efforts,” said Rep. Connolly. “This bipartisan legislation ensures that we stand against Beijing’s weaponization of international organizations and in solidarity with the wishes and best interests of the people on Taiwan. I’ve been proud to partner with Rep. Curtis on this effort and I look forward to continuing to work together to get this important legislation signed into law.”
The Taiwan International Solidarity Act builds on Congressman Curtis’ TAIPEI Act to reaffirm that the United States will oppose any efforts by the People’s Republic of China to interfere with Taiwan’s ability to conduct diplomacy and participate in international organizations. In addition to Connolly and Curtis, the legislation was cosponsored by Representatives Ami Bera, Andy Barr, Mario Diaz-Balart, Dina Titus, Lisa McClain, Brian Fitzpatrick, Ted Lieu, Darrell Issa, Chris Smith, Brad Sherman, David Cicilline, and Michael Lawler.
Full text of the legislation is available here.
Rep. Curtis floor remarks can be found below: