EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20503
STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY
(THIS STATEMENT HAS BEEN COORDINATED BY OMB WITH THE CONCERNED AGENCIES.)
November 4, 1997
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.