released by Sen. Helms
Jesse Helms (R-NC), Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman,
July 15, 1999
support the statements made by Taiwan's democratically-elected
President, Lee Teng-hui, regarding Taiwan's status.
Yes, Taiwan is a part of China -- But it is not a part of
the "People's Republic of China."
Lee simply stated the obvious: China is a divided nation,
made up of two separate and sovereign "states." Just
as East and West Germany were both part of Germany, they were
nonetheless separate "states." The same is true of the
"Republic of China on Taiwan," and the "People's Republic
of China" in Beijing. And, just as the two German states
eventually reunited under democracy, so too do we hope that
the two Chinese states can one day reunite -- under democracy.
of these obvious facts, I was dismayed by the Clinton administration's
decision to side, once again, with the Chinese communists,
rather than our democratic allies on Taiwan, in the ongoing
dispute over Taiwan's status. Instead of seizing the
opportunity created by President Lee's clarification of Taiwan's
status, the State Department chose instead to appease Red
China by repeating not only the antiquated language of our
"one-China policy," but Beijing's "3-noes" policy as well.
than reflexively parroting Beijing's fictional diplomatic
constructions, the administration should reiterate our legal
defense obligations to Taiwan under the Taiwan Relations Act,
and make clear to Beijing that the U.S. has a moral obligation
to defend Taiwan if it is attacked.
the Clinton administration ought to be using President Lee's
remarks as an opportunity to break free from the anachronistic
three communiqués which have imprisoned our policy
toward China and Taiwan for too long. The time has come
for the Clinton administration, and Beijing, to emerge from
the fiction of "one-China."