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High-level visits resolution introduced in the Senate
October 2nd 2007, the two co-chairs of the Senate Taiwan
Caucus introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution SCR-48, calling on
the Bush Administration to allow high level visits and contacts
between the United States and the democratically-elected officials
is the Senate equivalent of House Resolution HCR-136, which passed
the House by a unanimous vote on July 30th 2007. It
argues that the present guidelines for contacts with Taiwan are
outdated, because Taiwan has since then gone through a momentous
transition to democracy.
DPP government represents a democratic Taiwan, as opposed to the old
Kuomintang regime, which maintained until 1991 that it represented
China. This new situation on the ground calls for a new and fresh
approach, which supports democracy in the region.
restrictions will help bring a friend and ally of the United States
out of its isolation, which will be beneficial to peace and
stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
It also states
that -- in consideration of the major economic, security, and
political interests shared by the United States and Taiwan -- it is
to the benefit of the United States for United States officials to
meet and communicate directly with the democratically-elected
officials of Taiwan, including the President of Taiwan.
also argues that -- since the Taiwan Strait is one of the world's
flashpoints in the world -- it is essential that United States
policymakers directly communicate with the leaders of Taiwan.
C.T. Lee commented on the introduction: “This is an important
signal from the Senate that the present approach regarding bilateral
contacts and communication is outdated, and not conducive to peace
and stability in the region. If the US wants to enhance democracy
in the region, it needs to be more supportive to countries that
achieved democracy. It is peculiar that the Bush Administration
urges China to talk directly to the elected government in Taiwan,
but itself still clings to guidelines dating back to the 1970s.”