U.S. House of Representatives Passes Legislation In Opposition of EU’s Plans to Lift Its Arms Embargo on People’s Republic of China

For Immediate Release
Washington DC – February 2, 2005
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U.S. House of Representatives Passes Legislation In Opposition of EU’s Plans to Lift Its Arms Embargo on People’s Republic of China

On February 2, 2005, the House of Representatives passed H.Res.57 with an overwhelming vote of 411 against 3, “urging the European Union to maintain its arms embargo on the People’s Republic of China.” The resolution was introduced yesterday by chairman of the House International Relations Committee Henry Hyde (R-IL), ranking Member on the Committee Tom Lantos (D-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI)

The resolution refers to the PRC missile build-up in Fukien province: “Whereas for several years the People’s Republic of China has also been engaged in an extensive military buildup in its air, naval, land, and outer space systems, including the deployment of approximately 500 short range ballistic missiles near the Taiwan Strait according to the Department of Defense’s Report on the Military Power of the People’s Republic of China for Fiscal Year 2004.” It also states that the PRC military expansion constitutes a threat not only to US forces in the region, but also to “United States commitments and interests related to the defense of numerous friends and allies in the region, particularly Taiwan and Japan, and regional stability more broadly.”

The resolution also does not hold back on condemning China’s preference to use force to solve disputes, and it points out clearly that the security of Taiwan is in the U.S. national interest. “The United States has numerous national interests in the Asia-Pacific region, including the security of Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and other key areas, and the United States Armed Forces which are deployed throughout the region could be jeopardized by the PRC because it is increasingly well-armed and may seek to settle long-standing territorial and political disputes in the region by the threat or use of military force.”

The resolution, while non-binding, requests “the President in his forthcoming meeting with European leaders to urge that they reconsider this unwise course of action.” It further requests that the President “inform Congress of the outcome of his discussions with European leaders on this subject and to keep “Congress fully and currently informed of all developments in this regard.”

Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA) issued a statement in support of the resolution, stating: “I support this embargo, as I believe it helps ensure peace in the region and deters China from the use of arms against Taiwan. In the world we live in we should strive to ensure peace, liberty and democracy.”

FAPA President Ming-chi Wu, Ph.D. states: “According to our sources the lifting of the Chinese Arms Embargo by the EU is not a matter of “if” but of “when.” The trend towards lifting the embargo seems hard to stop.”

He adds: “We understand that Congress passed this resolution today giving President Bush a political message to show to the Europeans later this month, during his Europe trip. Depending on how the Europeans react, we at FAPA will consider seeking the introduction of additional legislative measures that might be more forceful, trying to stop this ship from further sinking. Because a lifting of the embargo will have devastating implications to American interests in the region and to the security of future generations of Taiwanese to come.”


美眾議院於今日以411票對3票,高票通過第57號決議案(H.RES.57),呼籲歐盟繼續維持對中國的軍售禁令。此決議案是在昨日由國際關係委員會主席海德(Henry Hyde, R-IL),聯合其他三位國關委員會成員,包括日前訪台的民主黨資深委員會成員藍托斯(Tom Lantos, D-CA),蘿斯列敦娜(Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL),與麥卡特(Thaddeus McCotter, R-MI),共同引進。





對台灣一向友好的加州眾議員索拉絲(Hilda Solis, D-CA)也特地發表聲明,她的聲明表示:「我支持這個禁運限制,因為我相信這將會確保區域和平,並嚇阻中國武力犯台。在這個世界,我們應該奮力確保和平、自由與民主。」