The bill would enhance military, diplomatic and economic links between the two countries, as well as support the enhancement of Taiwan's international presence.

TPA to Boost Bilateral Ties

One provision in the bill urged Washington to authorise the sale of F-16C/D fighter jets to Taiwan and to transfer decommissioned guided missile frigates to the nation.

Some other provisions in the bill include ceasing restrictions that currently limit Taiwanese leaders from meeting high-level officials of the US government.

It called on the US to come up with some form of an extradition treaty between the US and Taiwan and the negotiation of a free trade agreement between both sides.

The bill also urged the US to allow the Taipei Economic and Cultural Economic Office (TECRO), Taiwan's de facto embassy in Washington, to display Taiwan's national flag on its premises, and to likewise grant the same right to AIT offices in Taiwan.

The bill has to be passed by both houses, and sent to the president for signing before it can become law.

The TPA was introduced during the previous 112th Congress and was passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee but did not make it to the floor by the time Congress adjourned for the year in the fall of 2012.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Taipei yesterday expressed gratitude to the US congressmen over the passage of the TPA.

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