This bill — known as the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act of 2019 — would express the sense of Congress that the U.S. government should support Taiwan in strengthening its official diplomatic relationships and unofficial partnerships with countries in both the Indo-Pacific region and the rest of the world. It would also express the sense of Congress that the U.S. government should consider increasing its economic, security and diplomatic engagement with nations that have demonstrably strengthened relations with Taiwan and reducing its engagement with nations that have taken serious or significant actions to undermine Taiwan.
This bill would direct the Secretary of State to consult with the appropriate congressional committees with respect to proposals to increase or decrease the U.S. government’s economic, security, or diplomatic engagements with other nations as a result of their positions towards Taiwan.
Additionally, this bill would make it U.S. policy to:
Advocate for Taiwan’s membership in all international organizations in which statehood isn’t a requirement, and in which the U.S. is also a participant;
Advocate for Taiwan to be granted observer status is other appropriate international organizations;
Instruct U.S. government representatives to use America’s voice, vote, and influence to advocate for Taiwan’s membership or observer status in international organizations; and
Have the president and/or their designees advocate, as appropriate, for Taiwan’s membership or observer status in all appropriate international organizations or relevant bilateral engagements between the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China (including leader summits and the U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue).
Finally, this bill would express the sense of Congress that the U.S. should engage in bilateral trade negotiations with Taiwan. These negotiations would have the goal of entering into a mutually beneficial free trade agreement that protects U.S. workers and benefits U.S. exporters.