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House Concurrent Resolution 166
Urges the U.S. Administration to Adopt a "One Taiwan and One China Policy"

Members 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.

On July 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.

The U.S. "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."

President 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.

FAPA is excited about this resolution because this is the first time ever that the US Congress speaks out on Taiwan independence.

FAPA President 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.”

The resolution 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.”
 
 

 


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