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November 4, 1997
(House Rules)

H.R. 2386 - U.S.-Taiwan Anti-Ballistic Missile Act
(Hunter (R) CA and 13 cosponsors)

The Administration opposes H.R. 2386, which would require a study on the architecture requirements of establishing a missile-defense system in the Asia-Pacific region for the protection of Taiwan. This study is unnecessary and unhelpful.

Taiwan's air defense needs are being met; Taiwan has purchased Modified Air Defense systems comparable to recent versions of the Patriot Advanced Capability system. U.S. dialogue with Taiwan on this subject is well-established. A regional missile-defense arrangement is not the best means of providing Taiwan a sufficient self-defense capability.

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