What Are Some Good Information Sources on Taiwan?

January 8, 2020

The United States and Taiwan enjoy a robust unofficial relationship. Maintaining strong relations with Taiwan is a major U.S. goal, in line with the U.S. desire to further peace and stability in Asia. The relationship between the U.S. and Taiwan is governed by the Taiwan Relations Act (Public Law 96-8), which was signed into effect on January 1, 1979.

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic & Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) are the two non-governmental organizations established to conduct day-to-day operations in support of the bilateral relationship. The mission of AIT is to advance the interests of the United States, and to serve and protect U.S. citizens in Taiwan. TECRO represents the interests of Taiwan in the United States in the absence of formal diplomatic relations. Both AIT and TECRO function as de facto embassies.

U.S. Policy Documents on Taiwan

Taiwan Relations Act (Public Law 96-8)
1972 Communique (Shanghai Communique)
1979 Communique (Normalization Communique)
1982 Communique
Six Assurances to Taiwan

U.S. Government Resources

American Institute in Taiwan
U.S. Department of State
Taiwan Commercial Guide – U.S. International Trade Administration
Office of the United States Trade Representative

Taiwan Government Resources

Taipei Economic & Cultural Representative Office in the United States
Ministry of Economic Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Taiwan National Development Council
Taiwan Tourism Bureau
National Statistics, Republic of China

Other Resources

American Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan
Taiwan External Trade Development Council
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