Six Assurances

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The Six Assurances are guidelines used in conducting ROC-U.S. relations. They were proposed in 1982 by the Republic of China during negotiations between the United States and People's Republic of China over the Joint Communiqué on Arms Sales to Taiwan. The U.S. agreed to these points and informed the United States Congress of this in July 1982. The Six assurances were:

  1. The United States would not set a date for termination of arms sales to Taiwan.
  2. The United States would not alter the terms of the Taiwan Relations Act.
  3. The United States would not consult with China in advance before making decisions about U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.
  4. The United States would not mediate between Taiwan and China.
  5. The United States would not alter its position about the sovereignty of Taiwan which was, that the question was one to be decided peacefully by the Chinese themselves, and would not pressure Taiwan to enter into negotiations with China.
  6. The United States would not formally recognize Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan.

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