Release: February 22, 2000
STATEMENT BY MAJORITY WHIP REP. TOM DELAY (R-TX)
of Tom DeLay on PRC's Taiwan Ultimatum
Washington, DC: Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX), the Majority Whip,
today issued the following statement concerning an ultimatum
issued earlier this week by the People's Republic of China
(PRC) concerning Taiwan. That ultimatum, delivered in the
form of a white paper issued by the PRC's most authoritative
government body, contains the threat of military action against
Taiwan if negotiations over reunification with the mainland
With this latest threat, the communist dictators currently
governing the People's Republic of China continue to suggest
they are committed to a policy of military confrontation,
not peaceful negotiation, concerning the future of Taiwan.
The People's Republic of China cannot continue to engage in
this kind of aggression and expect to win the respect, let
alone the friendship, of the United States and our allies.
In fact, these rantings will, in my view, only serve to further
convince Congress that Taiwan needs America's full and unreserved
Whatever we may ultimately conclude about this disappointing
statement from the People's Republic of China, no one can
now doubt that the communist leaders in Beijing have set a
troubling and dangerous course for the people of Mainland
If the nations of the free world are to have any real interest
in working with Communist China on any front, the People's
Republic of China will need to reject - by word and by deed
- the idea that belligerent expansionism is an acceptable
foreign policy doctrine.
Taiwan is today free, and the United States should do everything
possible to ensure the liberty that has flourished on that
island is never corrupted by communist tyranny and oppression.