Forty Years of Taiwan-U.S. Relations: A Partnership for Freedom
Taiwan has weathered regional and global economic downturns and has emerged as competitive as ever. Taiwan is the world’s 10th freest economy, recording its highest score ever in The Heritage Foundation’s 2019 Index of Economic Freedom. Just as competition strengthened Taiwan’s economy, it has strengthened its political institutions, even in the face of intimidation from Beijing. The U.S.？Taiwan trade and investment relationship would benefit from greater strategic focus and clarity, which can best be achieved through a bilateral free trade agreement. Taiwan needs to become a full participant in the international community. Its people have a right to share their ideas and wealth with the rest of the world, and the United States should help to make this happen.