August 12, 2002
CONGRESSMAN CALLS ON PRESIDENT BUSH TO
AND ENHANCE TAIWAN’S SECURITY
Sam Graves (R-MO) expressed
concern over the “long-standing ambiguity of U.S. policy towards
Taiwan” in a letter to President George Bush last week, citing
a DoD report on an apparent military buildup in China. Rep.
Graves pointed out that while China has been moving aggressively
to increase offensive options against Taiwan, the US policy
of “strategic ambiguity” towards Taiwan does not address how
the United States should respond if China were to attack Taiwan.
letter was sent Monday, July 29.
report is very troubling,” Rep.
“However even more troubling is that while our stated policy
indicates an acknowledgment of ‘one-China,’ it does not address
what the United States’ policy should be if Taiwan were attacked
by China. I believe that further clarification of the U.S.
position should be outlined in a revised policy based on the
results of a policy review.”
is time to review our policy toward Taiwan to unambiguously
account for the possibility of a military conflict between
Mainland China and Taiwan and the United States response to
such an action,” Graves concluded.
to FAPA President Wu Ming-chi, who
received a copy of the letter, “Rep.
Grave’s letter is even more poignant now in light of President
Chen’s statement this past weekend that China and Taiwan are
separate countries. We agree with Rep. Graves that current
“One China Policy” has its flaws.
Now that Taiwan has embraced democracy, but
China has aggressively renewed its military threats against
Taiwan, it is time to replace “One
Policy”, a cold war relic, with
China, One Taiwan
Policy”, a policy that reflects the reality of the Taiwan
clear U.S. policy of support for democratic Taiwan is the
best guarantee of peace and
stability in the region.”
FAPA believes that passage of section
1202 of the Defense Authorization Act, which will go into conference committee in September,
will help provide the strategic clarity Rep. Graves has asked
for. Section 1202, which calls for better interoperability
between the armed forces of the U.S. and Taiwan, is part of
the House version of the bill but not the Senate version.
has been working to ensure that the Senate version will cooperate
the Section 1202 in the House version.
“The language of Section 1202 is very similar to the
ones in Taiwan Security Enhancement Act.
We believe that retaining
section 1202 is a vital step towards enhancing U.S. commitment
security and the stability in the region,” Wu said.