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Constitutional Law Keyed to Maggs
Goldwater v. Carter
Citation:444 U.S. 996 (1979)
President Carter gave unilateral notice of the termination of the mutual defense treaty to the Republic of China (Taiwan) pursuant to the termination clause contained in treaty allowing either party to terminate within one year’s notice. The President also recognized the Peking Government rather than the Taiwan Government as the Government of China. Senator Barry Goldwater and others sued to enjoin the action, arguing that President Carter’s action would violate the treaty. The D.C Circuit held that the President had not exceeded his authority.
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