Lifting Self-Imposed Restrictions on the U.S.-Taiwan Relationship
MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE
JANUARY 9, 2021
Taiwan is a vibrant democracy and reliable partner of the United States, and
yet for several decades the State Department has created complex internal
restrictions to regulate our diplomats, servicemembers, and other officials’
interactions with their Taiwanese counterparts.
The United States government took these actions unilaterally, in an attempt
to appease the Communist regime in Beijing. No more.
Today I am announcing that I am lifting all of these self-imposed
Executive branch agencies should consider all "contact guidelines"
regarding relations with Taiwan previously issued by the Department of State
under authorities delegated to the Secretary of State to be null and void.
Additionally, any and all sections of the Foreign Affairs Manual or Foreign
Affairs Handbook that convey authorities or otherwise purport to regulate
executive branch engagement with Taiwan via any entity other than the
American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) are also hereby voided.
美國在台協會 (AIT) 以外之單位交流的章節，也一併無效。
The executive branch‘s relations with Taiwan are to be handled by the
non-profit AIT, as stipulated in the Taiwan Relations Act.
行政機構與台灣的關係，依台灣關係法透過非盈利機構 AIT 進行。
The United States government maintains relationships with unofficial partners
around the world, and Taiwan is no exception.
Our two democracies share common values of individual freedom, the rule of
law, and a respect for human dignity.
Today's statement recognizes that the U.S.-Taiwan relationship need not, and
should not, be shackled by self-imposed restrictions of our permanent