CTC To Powell
Colin L. Powell U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20520
9, 2002, with over 80 founding members, we established the
Congressional Taiwan Caucus (CTC) in order to promote stronger
U.S.-Taiwan relations and to engage in increased dialogue
and cooperation with the people and government of Taiwan.
Over the past two months, the CTC has met with their legislative
counterparts in the legislative Yuan on several occasions
to discuss issues of mutual concern and to clarify the policies
of both governments and move these policies forward constructively.
of the CTC, we are cognizant of the confusion and sensitivities
that often exist concerning the United States policy toward
Taiwan. For this reason, we were especially interested in
a recent statement issued by Deputy Secretary of Defense
Paul Wolfowitz concerning U.S.-Taiwan relations at a May
15, 2002 Brookings/Harvard Forum and at a May 29, 2002 Foreign
Press Center briefing. We are concerned that his statements
may have been interpreted by certain individuals as a step
backwards from the United States finely balanced "one
China policy" position and toward support for the People's
Republic of China's (PRC) "one China principle,"
which insists that the status of Taiwan is already determined
and that Taiwan is a part of the PRC.
may be aware, on May 31, 2002, Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz
issued a clarification of his initial statement concerning
U.S. policy toward Taiwan in an interview with the Central
New Agency. In the interview he stated, "The president
said from the beginning we have a one-China policy. It basically
rests on two propositions. One is that we do not support
Taiwan independence, but just as strongly and, I believe,
central to the whole notion, we oppose the use of force.
The issues have to be settled peacefully. Frankly, any peaceful
settlement is fine with the United States."
and support President Bush's efforts to seek a "peaceful
environment" in the Taiwan Strait; however, we believe
that U.S. policies in the region must take into account
the rights and well-being of the Taiwanese people who look
to America for moral and political support. Taiwan, as a
model democracy that upholds the highest standards of political
freedom and respect for human rights, deserves the unwavering
support of the American people and government.
Powell, it is our understanding that you are preparing to
give a major foreign policy speech before the Asia Society
on Monday June 10, 2002. In light of Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz's
statements, we hope you use Monday's speech as an opportunity
to issue a statement re-affirming our nation's iron-clad
commitment to Taiwan as agreed to under the Taiwan Relations
Act and to take appropriate steps to ensure that the Taiwan
Strait issue be resolved peacefully and with the express
consent of the people of Taiwan.
forward to working with you on this important issue and
eagerly await your response to our request.
Wexler, Rohrabacher, Brown, Chabot