US Congress Members Urge DC Mayor to Establish Taipei Sister City Ties

Four US Congress members urged Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to establish sister city relations with Taipei, Taiwan, citing strong US-Taiwan ties. The lawmakers highlighted the significant Taiwanese American community in the Washington, D.C. area and the importance of US support for Taiwan.

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US Congress Members Urge DC Mayor to Establish Taipei Sister City Ties

US Congress Members Urge DC Mayor to Establish Taipei Sister City Ties

On May 13, 2024, four Republican members of the US Congress sent a letter to Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, calling on her to establish sister city relations between the US capital and Taipei, Taiwan. The letter, signed by Representatives John Moolenaar of Michigan and Andy Barr of Kentucky, along with Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Pete Ricketts of Nebraska, emphasized the strong ties between the United States and Taiwan.

Why this matters: This move could have significant implications for US-Taiwan relations, potentially strengthening diplomatic ties and sending a clear message to China. It also highlights the growing importance of Taiwan as a strategic partner for the US in the Asia-Pacific region.

The lawmakers highlighted the significant Taiwanese American community in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, which is one of the largest in the United States. They noted that this community is heavily engaged with the local community and plays a major role in the city's annual Lunar New Year parade. "Congress, and the city of Washington, D.C., have long played a leading role in U.S.-Taiwan relations, and the greater Washington metropolitan area is home to one of the largest Taiwanese American populations in the country," the letter stated.

The Congress members argued that establishing sister city ties with Taipei would send a clear message of US support for Taiwan and demonstrate that the United States will not allow the Chinese Communist Party to dictate who they call friends. "It will send a clear message that we will not allow the Chinese Communist Party to dictate who we call our friends," the letter asserted. "We understand that there may be those in the international community who would object to this measure, however, the United States should never allow the threat of verbal retaliation and rebuke to dictate our actions."

The letter pointed out that while Washington, D.C. has maintained sister city relations with Beijing since 1984, despite the Chinese Communist Party's well-documented human rights abuses, the 45th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act presents an opportunity to establish a similar relationship with Taiwan's capital city. The lawmakers believe that such a gesture would signify the strong bond between the United States and Taiwan.

The initiative by the four Congress members is part of broader efforts to strengthen US-Taiwan relations. The United States has recently demonstrated strong support for Taiwan through actions such as approving a military aid package and signing the Taiwan military aid bill into law. As the 45th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act was celebrated in April, the lawmakers see this as an ideal time for Washington, D.C. to establish sister city ties with Taipei.

The letter from the four Congress members to Mayor Bowser underscores the importance of the US-Taiwan relationship and the desire to further strengthen ties between the two nations. By urging the establishment of sister city relations between Washington, D.C. and Taipei, the lawmakers aim to send a clear signal of US support for Taiwan in the face of pressure from the Chinese Communist Party.

Key Takeaways

  • 4 US Congress members urge Washington, D.C. Mayor to establish sister city relations with Taipei, Taiwan.
  • This move could strengthen US-Taiwan diplomatic ties and send a message to China.
  • Washington, D.C. has a large Taiwanese American community, making it an ideal location for sister city ties.
  • The initiative aims to demonstrate US support for Taiwan despite Chinese Communist Party pressure.
  • This move is part of broader efforts to strengthen US-Taiwan relations, including military aid and diplomatic support.