For Immediate Release
Washington DC – January 11, 2019
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REP. STEVE CHABOT (R-OH) CONDEMNS XI JINPING’S THREATS DIRECTED AT TAIWAN
In an article dated January 11, former co-chair of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus and a long-time supporter and friend of Taiwan, Rep. Chabot expressed shock about the threats China strongman Xi Jinping directed at Taiwan during his New Year address.
In his address, Xi Jinping stated that “reunification” of China and Taiwan must come under this One China Principle, and held out a Hong Kong-style “one country, two systems” model for Taiwan and that he was willing to use force to annex Taiwan.
Rep. Chabot writes: “I have long said that Taiwan is a country, and that if it were not for China’s bullying of the international community to the contrary, Taiwan would be a normal country today.”
In his article, Chabot offered that China’s “One China Principle” lays at the foundation of China’s unrealistic claim over Taiwan.
The One China Principle, as laid down in the preamble of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China, reads: “Taiwan is part of the sacred territory of the People’s Republic of China.”
Chabot recommends that with the new U.S. Congress in place, the time is now for the U.S. Government to challenge China’s “One China Principle by asserting the following positions:
- Taiwan authorities’ are the legitimate representatives of a flourishing democracy.
- Encouraging both sides of the Taiwan Strait to carry out constructive dialogue without preconditions.
- Ensuring that any resolution of the future of Taiwan is done peacefully and with the active assent of the people of Taiwan.
Chabot concludes: “What it comes down to is that Taiwan’s future should be determined by the 23.5 million people of Taiwan – not by China.”