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    H.Con.Res. 272- Resolution commending Taiwan Election

ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS
AS OF March 9, 2000
REP. ACKERMAN (D-NY) REP. DOOLITTLE (R-CA)  REP. PAYNE (D-NJ) 
REP. ANDREWS (D-NJ) REP. FORBES (R-NY)  REP. ROHRABACHER (R-CA) 
REP. BAKER (R-LA)  REP. GONZALEZ (D-TX)  REP. ROGAN (R-CA)
REP. BERMAN (D-CA)  REP. HINCHEY (D-NY)  REP. ROYCE (R-CA) 
REP. BONO (R-CA) REP. JEFFERSON (D-LA) REP. SANDLIN (D-TX) 
REP. BROWN (D-OH)  REP. LOWEY (D-NY)  REP. SCHAFFER (R-CO)
REP. CANNON (R-UT) REP. MARTINEZ (D-CA) REP. SESSIONS (R-TX) 
REP. CHABOT (R-OH)  REP. MCINTOSH (R-IN)  REP. STARK (D-CA)
REP. DEUTSCH (D-FL) REP. MCNULTY (D-NY) REP. TANCREDO (R-CO) 
REP. DIAZ-BALART (R-FL) REP. WEXLER (D-FL)  REP. WYNN (D-MD)


H.Con.Res. 272

Commending the people of Taiwan for reaffirming, in their upcoming presidential elections, their dedication to democratic ideals, and for other purposes.

Whereas in recent years, Taiwan has undergone a major political transformation, and Taiwan is today a true multiparty democracy with a political system separate from and totally unlike that of the People's Republic of China;

Whereas the government of Taiwan no longer claims to be the government of China;

Whereas since January 1, 1979, the United States Government has insisted that the ultimate status of Taiwan must have the express consent of the people on Taiwan and must be decided by peaceful means;

Whereas United States interests are served by supporting democracy around the world;

Whereas the centerpiece of Taiwan’s democracy is its system of competitive and free elections;

Whereas Taiwan is a democracy with its second direct presidential elections scheduled for March 18, 2000;

 Whereas this election will only be the latest example of Taiwan’s commitment to the democratic ideals of freedom and pluralism, values that it shares with the United States;

Whereas in March of 1996 the political leadership of the People's Republic of China used provocative military maneuvers, including missile launch exercises in the Taiwan Strait, in an attempt to intimidate the people of Taiwan during their first ever historic, free, and democratic presidential elections;

Whereas peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait area are in the political, security, and economic interests of the United States and are of international concern as specified in the Taiwan Relations Act (Public Law 96-8), signed into law in 1979;

Whereas the People’s Republic of China has threatened to use force against Taiwan at various times, as most recently manifested in the Chinese Policy Paper of February 21, 2000, and continues to refuse to renounce the use of force against Taiwan: Now, therefore be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring, that it is the sense of the Congress that -

(1) the United States commends the people of Taiwan for having established a democracy on Taiwan over the past decades and for repeatedly reaffirming their dedication to democratic ideals;

(2) the United States commends the people of Taiwan for carrying out the second free, fair and democratic direct presidential election in Taiwan’s history this coming March;

(3) it is the right of the people of Taiwan to freely elect their president without any interference from the People’s Republic of China;

(4) the United States looks forward to working with the next democratically elected president of Taiwan;

(5) the United States insists that the ultimate status of Taiwan must have the express consent of the people on Taiwan and must be decided by peaceful means.


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