The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations unanimously passed the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative — TAIPEI — Act on Sept. 26, authored by Sens. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, and Cory Gardner, R-Colorado.

This bipartisan legislation is intended to strengthen Taiwan’s standing around the world and comes in response to increased Chinese pressure and bullying tactics intended to restrict Taiwan’s international space and global diplomatic recognition.

“Taiwan’s democracy and free market economy are inspiring,” said Coons. “In my visit to Taipei in April, I saw firsthand how Taiwan is a success story that deserves to be celebrated. I am proud to work with Sen. Gardner and other members of the Foreign Relations Committee to support this important legislation to preserve Taiwan’s international space.”

The TAIPEI Act requires a U.S. strategy to engage with governments around the world to support Taiwan’s diplomatic recognition or to strengthen unofficial ties with Taiwan, calls on the State Department to exercise a range of diplomatic and assistance options with regard to any government that takes adverse actions with regard to Taiwan, and articulates a clear U.S. policy to support Taiwan’s participation in appropriate international organizations. The bill also calls on the administration to immediately begin negotiations on a U.S.-Taiwan Free Trade Agreement.