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 U.S. REPRESENTATIVES CHALLENGE VALIDITY OF US ONE CHINA POLICY

For immediate release                                            September 16, 2003

U.S. REPRESENTATIVES CHALLENGE VALIDITY OF US ONE CHINA POLICY

The Washington DC based think tank "THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION" held a seminar on Tuesday September 16, titled: "Congress Rethinks the `One China Policy.'"

U.S. 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 up" China.

Rep 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." 

Chabot 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."

The 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 People."

Rep. 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 Beijing."

He concluded his remarks with: "If the people of Taiwan want to declare independence, then we should recognize that."

FAPA 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."

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