Concurrent Resolution 166
Urges the U.S. Administration to Adopt
a "One Taiwan and One China Policy"
of the U.S. House of Representatives Sherrod Brown (D-OH),
Steve Chabot (R-OH), Robert Andrews (R-NJ), Peter Deutsch
(R-FL), Merrill Cook (R-UT), Tom Tancredo (R-CO), John Sweeney
(R-NY) and Bob Schaffer (R-CO) introduced House Concurrent
Resolution 166 on July 29, 1999 endorsing Taiwan President
Lee Teng-hui's recent policy shift.
9, President Lee Teng-hui for the first time ever referred
to Taiwan's ties with China as a "state-to-state" relationship,
thus effectively abolishing the Taiwan government's long-held
"One China Policy." According to Taipei, the idea of one China
that included Taiwan had to be scrapped because Beijing used
it to keep Taiwan out of international organizations and prevented
Taiwan from establishing diplomatic relations with other countries.
"One China Policy” originates from the 1972 U.S.-China Shanghai
Communiqué. It states that "The United States acknowledges
that all Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain
there is but one China and that Taiwan is a part of China."
Lee's redefinition of the Taiwanese view of cross-strait relations
is now the deathblow to the "One China Policy” because the
Taiwanese side of the Strait no longer maintains that it is
part of China. His statement has found fervent support among
Taiwan's population. According to a recent poll conducted
in Taiwan by the "Chinese Association for EurAsian Studies,"
74.2% of the people in Taiwan agree with President Lee's recent
policy shift where he announced that from now on Taiwan considers
relations between Taiwan and the People's Republic of China
(PRC) "state-to-state" relations.
excited about this resolution because this is the first time
ever that the US Congress speaks out on Taiwan independence.
Wen-yen Chen says: "We are grateful for this concurrent resolution
which “commends the people of Taiwan for having established
a democracy on Taiwan over the past decades and for repeatedly
reaffirming its dedication to democratic ideals.”
concludes by stating that the U.S. should acknowledge the
reality that Taiwan and China are two separate nations and
adopt a “One China, One Taiwan Policy.”