September 16, 2003
REPRESENTATIVES CHALLENGE VALIDITY OF US ONE CHINA POLICY
Washington DC based think tank "THE HERITAGE
FOUNDATION" held a seminar on Tuesday September 16,
titled: "Congress Rethinks the `One China Policy.'"
Representatives Robert Andrews (D-NJ) and Steve Chabot (R-OH)
presented compelling cases for an abolishing of the policy
which dates from 1972 when President Nixon "opened
Chabot stated: "It may be impolite to say so -- but
"One China" is a fiction -- and a dangerous fiction
-- that most of the international community has bought into in
order to mollify China."
added: "When I hear rumors that President Bush is
"opposed to Taiwan Independence", I dismiss them.
Because I know The President doesn't have any
philosophical problem with an independent Taiwan.
The President and his top foreign policy aides
constantly refer to Taiwan as a "country."
Congressman concluded: "And the United States must
declare that while "WE DO NOT SUPPORT TAIWAN INDEPENDENCE
-- BUT WE DO NOT HAVE ANY PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEM WITH IT."
So, if that is what the people of Taiwan want, they
have every right to have it.
After all the Sovereignty over Taiwan doesn't rest in
Beijing, or in Taipei, but it rests with Taiwan's
Robert Andrews echoed that sentiment when he stated: "The
future of the people of Taiwan, is the future of the people of
the United States. The U.S. has never recognized that the
sovereignty of the people of Taiwan should be determined in
concluded his remarks with: "If the people of Taiwan want
to declare independence, then we should recognize that."
President Ming-chi Wu states: "The U.S. One China Policy
is the most blatant example of bumper sticker diplomacy. But
the problem with bumper-sticker diplomacy is that it
encourages sloppy thinking. And sloppy thinking in foreign
policy leads to dangerous misperceptions. It is therefore high
time that the U.S. One China Policy be abandoned."