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President Reagan's Six Assurances to Taiwan and Their Meaning Today

Recorded on October 3, 2007

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

In the summer of 1982, in the middle of a tough negotiation with China on U.S. policy toward Taiwan, centering on America's continuing arms sales, Ronald Reagan sent messages to Taiwan's President containing six specific assurances.  These were the United States: would not set a date for ending arms sales to Taiwan; would not consult Beijing regarding the content of arms sales to Taiwan; would not mediate between Taiwan and China; would not pressure Taiwan to negotiate with Beijing; would not revise the Taiwan Relations Act; and had not changed its position regarding sovereignty over Taiwan.  President Reagan did one more thing.  He promised that if China did not follow a non-use of force policy toward Taiwan, all commitments about limiting arms sales to the island republic would become null and void. 

Join us for a discussion of these promises and what they mean - or should mean -- for U.S. policy today.