From a statement by Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.)::
It is painful for me to do this, but I must call attention to the fact that the president of the United States has not kept his campaign promises regarding Taiwan. Not yet, at least.
Presidential candidate Ronald Reagan pledged to "carry out in its entirety the provisions of the Taiwan Relations Act." Candidate Reagan also said several times early in 1980 that as president he would support re-establishment of "official government relations" with Taiwan, such as a liaison office. Candidate Reagan also declared, in the context of our dealings with Red China, that he would "not accept the interferences of any foreign power in the process of protecting American interests and carrying out the laws of our land."
But now that he is president, he has not enforced the Taiwan Act. He has failed to sell advanced fighter aircraft to Taiwan. His State Department has even blocked, to date, the co-production of an advanced aircraft engine.
The really sad part about this is that the president is not following his own instincts. He is bending to Peking's demands.
. . . Red China is attempting to pressure President Reagan into dumping the Taiwan Relations Act and all our commitments to assist in the defense needs of Taiwan. But we have never indicated a willingness to discuss an end to defense sales to Taiwan. The president should declare vocally that the subject is not now, and never will be, up for negotiation. He should renounce any idea of a secret agreement to cut off aid to Taiwan now or later. . . .