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Commemorating 50th Anniversary of San Francisco Peace Treaty,

"Assent of the People of Taiwan" Resolution Introduced in House

September 7, 2001

On September 6, on the eve of the 50th Anniversary of the conclusion of the San Francisco Peace Treaty (the legal basis for the right of self-determination for the people of Taiwan), a resolution (HCR221) concluding that "It is the sense of Congress that "It is United States policy that the future of Taiwan should be resolved peacefully, through a democratic mechanism such as a plebiscite and with the express consent of the people of Taiwan" was introduced in the House of Representatives. A similar version will be introduced in the Senate early next week.

Additionally, the resolution concludes that "It is United States policy that Taiwan’s future must be decided by the people of Taiwan without outside threats, intimidation or interference."

The effort was led by Rep. Bob Wexler (D-FL), and co-sponsored by Reps. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), Mike McNulty (D-NY), Bob Stump (R-AZ), Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), Pete Sessions (R-TX), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Al Wynn (D-MD), Robert Andrews (D-NJ), David Wu (D-OR) Curt Weldon (R-PA), Peter Deutsch (D-FL) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

It states that the right of the people of Taiwan to determine their own future was explicitly affirmed by President Clinton in two speeches done on February 24 and on March 8, 2000, where he stated that "We will… continue to make absolutely clear that the issue between Beijing and Taiwan must be resolved peacefully and with the assent of the people of Taiwan."

The resolution also affirms President Bush’ explicit commitment made last April when the President stated that the United States will help Taiwan defend herself if attacked by China.

Congressman David Wu (D-OR), an original co-sponsor of the resolution, states: "The United States has a historical and cultural bond with the people of Taiwan. We value democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. I believe it is appropriate and necessary that the United States support Taiwan, our long-time friend, in its right of self-determination."

FAPA Acting President Ming-chi Wu, Ph.D. says, "During the past two years, the momentum around the principle that the future of Taiwan should be determined with the "Assent of the people of Taiwan" has really gathered steam. The moment is nigh for this principle to become one of the cornerstones of U.S. foreign policy! The 50th anniversary of the San Francisco Peace Treaty provides the U.S. with an excellent opportunity to do so.

 

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