For Immediate Release
Washington DC – June 3, 2004
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Colorado Congressman Introduces Resolution Pushing Official U.S. Recognition of Taiwan
Measure would pave way for the resumption of formal ties between Taipei, Washington
Congressman Tom Tancredo (CO-06) today introduced House Concurrent Resolution 440, expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should resume normal diplomatic relations with the Republic of China on Taiwan. The resolution also expresses the sense of Congress that Taiwan should be permitted to participate as an equal partner in international organizations like the United Nations.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter shifted diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to Communist China and abrogated the Mutual Defense Treaty between the ROC and the U.S. in 1979. He did so without consulting, or seeking the approval of the U.S. Congress.
“The people of Taiwan have time and time again demonstrated their commitment to democracy, liberty and human rights,” said Tancredo, “We ought to extend the same formal diplomatic recognition to the elected government in Taipei that we accord to the unelected government in Beijing.”H.Con.Res.440