FAPA Reacts To Trump’s Interview On Fox TV

On December 11, President-elect Trump was interviewed by Chris Wallace on FOX TV. During the interview, the president-elect said, “I fully understand the One China policy, but I don’t know why we have to be bound by One China policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade.”

We at FAPA are heartened to see President-elect Trump challenge the outdated “One China Policy”. Taiwan has never been a part of the People’s Republic of China.

However, Taiwan’s right to self-determination and democracy should not be a bargaining chip. Using Taiwan in any sort of “deal” with China is against the very ideals on which our nation is founded.

Beijing’s aggression and false claim to Taiwan were handily rejected by Taiwan’s electorate in the presidential election earlier this year. China’s claim is not only unfounded, but also against the free will of the 23 million Taiwanese people.

China’s continued military expansion, if left unchecked, will be a threat to regional security and stability. Taiwan is US’ vital partner in maintaining peace and stability in East Asia. Maintaining and recognizing the de-facto independence of Taiwan is in US’ strategic interest.

We urge the US to build on the call with Taiwan’s President Tsai and take further steps to normalize US-Taiwan relations. As a Taiwanese American grassroots organization with 43 chapters in the US, we urge the US to reevaluate and update its policies on Taiwan.

我們樂見美國挑戰已經過時的 「一個中國」 政策。台灣從未屬於中國。

台灣人民自決的自由,不應成為與中國利益交換的籌碼。利用台灣作為與中國交易與談判的籌碼,完全違反美國根本的核心價值。
台灣是一個今年剛完成民主、和平的政黨輪替的國家,中國對於台灣主權的宣稱不僅不實,也違背了台灣兩千三百萬人民的意願。
中國在東亞持續擴張的軍事威脅,是危及區域安全與穩定的重要因素。而台灣是美國在該區維持和平的重要盟友。維護並支持台灣實質上的獨立,完全符合美國的戰略利益。
既然總統當選人川普與蔡英文總統已直接通話,我們呼籲美國以此作為基礎,繼續往台美關係正常化的方向前進。作為一個在全美擁有43個分會的台美人草根組織,我們也呼籲美國重新評估其對台政策。

(December 13, 2016) FAPA Reacts To Trump’s Interview On Fox TV