FAPA Reacts To Trump-Xi Phone Call And “One China Policy”
On February 9, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump had a telephone conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping during which he agreed to “honor the U.S. One China policy” (NOTE: The “U.S. One China Policy” is NOT the same as China’s “One China Principle.”)
Earlier, on December 11, 2016, in an interview with FOX TV, Trump 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…”
FAPA understands the reasoning behind the change in President Trump’s position on the “U.S. One China Policy.” Doing so could help alleviate tension in the Taiwan Strait and tension in US-China relations.
However, Taiwanese Americans are disappointed that the U.S. has affirmed this outdated policy that is harmful to the freedom and to the democracy of U.S. longtime ally Taiwan.
FAPA emphasizes that —
1. Taiwan is a democratic country. The right of the people of Taiwan to self-determination is not negotiable.
2. Taiwan’s right to self-determination and democracy should not be a bargaining chip.
3. Using Taiwan in any sort of “deal” with China is against the very ideals on which the United States is founded.
4. Taiwan is a vital partner of the U.S. in maintaining peace and stability in East Asia. Maintaining and recognizing the de facto independence of Taiwan is in U.S. strategic interest.
Meanwhile, according to the Japanese press, China is considering amending its “Anti-Secession Law” to specify more conditions under which it would invade Taiwan. Allegedly, Xi Jinping’s administration is considering revising the act, or creating a National Unification Act, to prevent President Trump’s administration from further intervening in Taiwan’s affairs.
However, Beijing’s aggression and false claims to Taiwan were handily rejected by Taiwan’s electorate in Taiwan’s presidential election in early 2016. China’s claim is not only unfounded, but also against the free will of the 23 million people of Taiwan.
FAPA is grateful and heartened by the affirmation of the Six Assurances by current U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on January 11, 2017, and again in a written response to questions from US Senator Ben Cardin before the US Senate confirmed him as Secretary of State on February 1. At the time, Tillersonemphasized that “The people of Taiwan are friends of the United States and should not be treated as a bargaining chip. The US commitment to Taiwan is both a legal commitment and a moral imperative.”
FAPA believes the time is now for the US to continue on this road of normalizing US-Taiwan relations rather than stick to obsolete Cold War relics and policies. As a Taiwanese American grassroots organization, we urge the US to reevaluate and update its policies on Taiwan.