|For Immediate Release: Friday, February 25, 2000
Brown Denounces Chinese threats Against Taiwan
U.S Congressman Sherrod Brown (D-OH) denounced Chinese attempts
to destabilize Taiwan's second historical democratic elections
by issuing threats in a recently released White Paper.
Brown, a senior member of the International Relations Committee
and its Asia and Pacific Subcommittee, is widely known for
his efforts to recognize Taiwan's sovereignty.
is obviously desperate to undermine the growth of democracy
just off its shores. Four years ago, the Chinese government
tried to upset Taiwan's first historic democratic presidential
election by shooting missiles across the straits of Taiwan,
but their plan backfired. Last week, they were at it
again. This time, they threatened military action only
three weeks before Taiwan's second democratic election," Brown
officials have placed their motives on the table. They
admit their latest policy statement threatening 'drastic measures
including military force' was timed to intimidate Taiwanese
citizens likely to vote for the pro-independence candidate
Chen Shui-bian. But their arm-twisting won't work in
Taiwan or in the United States. The people of Taiwan
deserve to elect their president without the threat of violence,"
prepares to vote on permanent normal trade relations to China,
we cannot afford to turn a blind eye to China's intimidation
tactics. China's threat of military action against their
democratic neighbor should send a message to every member
of Congress. We cannot afford to dole out increased
trade privileges to a country that has no respect for the
rule of law," Brown said.