For Immediate Release
Washington D.C. – June 20, 2018
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US CONGRESSMAN INTRODUCES LEGISLATION CALLING FOR US-TAIWAN DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS AND END TO ONE CHINA POLICY

On Wednesday, June 20, United States Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), introduced a resolution (HCR124) in the U.S. House of Representatives, calling on the United States government to resume diplomatic relations with Taiwan and to abolish the U.S. One China Policy.

Rep. Rohrabacher is a longtime supporter of Taiwan and a founding co-chairman of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus.

The resolution concludes that: “(1) the President should abandon the fundamentally flawed ‘‘One China Policy’’ in favor of a more realistic ‘‘One China, One Taiwan Policy’’ that recognizes Taiwan as a sovereign and independent country, separate from the Communist regime in China;

(2) the President should begin the process of resuming normal diplomatic relations with Taiwan;

(3) the President, the Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, and other relevant United States officials should aggressively support Taiwan’s full participation in the United Nations and any other international organization of which the United States is a member, and for which statehood is a requirement for membership.”

Of the five countries in the world that the United States government currently does not diplomatically recognize (Syria, Iran, North Korea, Bhutan and Taiwan), Taiwan is the only full-fledged democracy.

Similar resolutions were introduced in 2005 by former Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO), on 2007 and in 2009 by former Congressman John Linder (R-GA), and in 2012 and 2013 by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX).

Furthermore, the resolution affirms that the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances form the cornerstone of United States-Taiwan relations and establishes “the reality that Taiwan has functioned as an independent and sovereign country for over half a century.”

In a Commentary piece in the Wall Street Journal of January 17, 2016, current National Security Adviser John Bolton wrote: “The new U.S. administration could start with receiving Taiwanese diplomats officially at the State Department; upgrading the status of U.S. representation in Taipei from a private “institute” to an official diplomatic mission; inviting Taiwan’s president to travel officially to America; allowing the most senior U.S. officials to visit Taiwan to transact government business; and ultimately restoring full diplomatic recognition.”

FAPA President Mike Kuo states: “The Taiwanese people brought about their momentous transition to democracy some thirty years ago, but US policy did not adapt to that new reality. By normalizing relations with Taiwan, the United States would set a shining example for other countries to emulate.”

Dr. Kuo concludes: “The resolution also reflects the growing sense within the U.S. Congress that the United States “One China Policy” is more and more untenable, as it is out of touch with the unmistakable reality that Taiwan is a free and democratic nation that deserves to be accepted as a full and equal member in the international community. The time is now to move towards a more realistic and practical ‘One China, One Taiwan’ policy.”

 


美國眾議員提案呼籲美台建交與結束一中政策

[華府六月二十日訊美國羅拉巴克眾議員(Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA) 620日星期在眾議院提出一決議案呼籲美國政府與台灣恢復外交關係並揚棄一中政策
羅拉巴克議員長期支持台灣並為國會台灣連線的共同發起人之一
該提案促使美國總統(1)揚棄大有瑕疵的一中政策改採符合現狀的一中一 政策以承認台灣為一主權獨立國家有別於共中國(2) 著手準備與台灣恢復邦交的相關程序 (3)積極支持台灣完全參與聯合國及要求有國家身份以入會的任何國際組。」
美國政府目前在外交關係上不承認個國家敘利亞 伊朗北韓不丹及台灣 其中只有台灣是發展成熟完備的民主國家
長期支持台灣的前任科羅拉多州共和黨唐克多眾議員(Tom Tancredo, R-CO)曾在 2005年與2007年中兩度提出相似的決議案亦為台灣強力支持者的喬治亞州共和黨林德眾議員(John Linder, R-GA)也於2009年未退休前提出類似提案20122013年德州共和黨麥考眾議員(Michael McCaul, R-TX) 也曾提出類似決議案此外該提案重申台灣關係法及六項保證為美台關係的基石並闡述台灣在過去半個多世紀是以一個獨立並擁有主權的國家在運行的事實。」
現任國安顧問約翰波頓曾於2016117日投書華爾街日報主:「美國政府可以開始在國務院正式接待台灣外交官將美國駐台機構從私立協會升格為官方大使館邀請台灣總統正式訪問美國許美國資深官員訪問台灣辦理政府業務以及最終全面與台灣恢復邦。」
台灣人公共事務會會長郭正光博士表示:「台灣人民在30多年前經歷重大民主轉型但美國的政策從未因應該時勢而調整美國如能採納較反應現況實際的一個中國一個台灣政策並將對台灣關係正常化將為其他國家樹立良好的典範。」
郭正光博士最後總結道:「此提案反映了美國國會中越來越多人認一中政策已不合時宜並背離台灣為自由民主國家應被國際社會接受為其平等及完整的一員的不爭事實現在正是採取一個更務實且符合現狀的 一個中國一個台灣政策的時機。」

 

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. ROHRABACHER submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs
CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should resume normal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, and for other purposes.
Whereas the people of Taiwan have established a vibrant and pluralistic democracy;
Whereas the people of Taiwan have conducted six successful presidential elections, successive elections for members of their national legislature, numerous local elections, and two national referendums;
Whereas Taiwan has never been under the jurisdiction of the Communist government in Beijing, which continues to illegitimately claim sovereignty over Taiwan and its 23,500,000 citizens;
Whereas the Shanghai Communique, which maintains that there is ‘‘One China’’ and that ‘‘Taiwan is part of China’’, was established without the consultation of Congress or the people of Taiwan;
Whereas Communist China has since used the ‘‘One China Policy’’ to block Taiwan’s membership and full participation in international organizations and events, ranging from the United Nations and the World Health Organization to the Olympics;
Whereas the ‘‘One China Policy’’ is effectively obsolete, and does not reflect the obvious reality that Taiwan has been an independent and sovereign country for over half a century;
Whereas Taiwan maintains diplomatic, cultural, and economic relations with several countries around the world; Whereas Taiwan and the United States maintained formal diplomatic relations until 1979;
Whereas today, the United States maintains diplomatic relations with all countries in the world, except for Syria, North Korea, Iran, Bhutan, and Taiwan;
Whereas former President Jimmy Carter severed diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1979 and terminated the Mutual Defense Treaty between the United States and Taiwan without consulting or seeking the approval of Congress;
Whereas Congress responded later that year by adopting the Taiwan Relations Act, codifying into law the basis for continued friendly relations between the United States and Taiwan;
Whereas former President Ronald Reagan issued the ‘‘Six Assurances’’ to Taiwan in July 1982, including the assurance that ‘‘[t]he United States would not formally recognize Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan’’;
Whereas both the Taiwan Relations Act (Public Law 96–8, 22 U.S.C. 3301 et seq.) and the Six Assurances form the cornerstone of United States-Taiwan relations; and
Whereas Taiwan has been a steadfast ally of the United States and a responsible and compassionate member of the world community: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that—
(1) the President should abandon the fundamentally flawed ‘‘One China Policy’’ in favor of a more realistic ‘‘One China, One Taiwan Policy’’ that recognizes Taiwan as a sovereign and independent country, separate from the Communist regime in China;
(2) the President should begin the process of resuming normal diplomatic relations with Taiwan; and
(3) the President, the Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, and other relevant United States officials should aggressively support Taiwan’s full participation in the United Nations and any other international organization of which the United States is a member, and for which statehood is a requirement for membership.

(June 20, 2018) US CONGRESSMAN INTRODUCES LEGISLATION CALLING FOR US-TAIWAN DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS AND END TO ONE CHINA POLICY

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