Summary: H.R.1838 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House amended (02/01/2000)

Taiwan Security Enhancement Act - Directs the Secretary of Defense and the Secretaries of the military departments to make every effort to reserve additional positions for Taiwan military officers at the National Defense University and specified other professional military education schools, and at the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the Air Force Academy.

Directs the Secretary of State, when considering foreign military sales to Taiwan, to take into account Taiwan's special status (including its defense needs in response to the military modernization and weapons procurement efforts by China) and make every effort to ensure it has full and timely access to price and availability data for defense articles and defense services.

Directs the President, upon the request of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, to use Department of Defense (DOD) funds for the employment of additional technical staff at the American Institute in Taiwan.

Directs the President to report annually to Congress with respect to Taiwan's defense needs.

Directs the Secretary of Defense to implement a plan for the enhancement of programs for operational training and exchanges of senior officers between U.S. armed forces and Taiwanese armed forces for work in threat analysis, doctrine, force planning, operational methods, and other areas. Directs the Secretary of Defense to: (1) report annually to Congress on the security situation in the Taiwan Strait; and (2) certify to specified congressional committees that direct secure communications exist between the U.S. armed forces and the Taiwanese armed forces.

Directs the Secretary of defense to report to specified congressional committees on the U.S. ability to successfully respond to a major contingency in the Asia-Pacific region where U.S. interests on Taiwan are at risk.