immediate release - 2/25/00 2:15pm
U.S. will "continue to make absolutely clear that the issues
between Beijing and Taiwan must be resolved peacefully and
with the assent of the people of Taiwan." President
Clinton's dramatic response to China's threats against Taiwan
marks a major clarification of US policy toward the democratic
new and important formulation,' is how former State Department
officials characterized the phrase "with the assent of the
people of Taiwan" in Clinton's statement yesterday to the
U.S. Business Council.
Previous official statements speak of "peaceful resolution"
and a settlement "voluntarily agreed to by both sides," but
none have been so clear about the US principle of a "veto
power" by the people of Taiwan over any settlement of the
Taiwan issue. The Taiwan Security Enhancement Act, passed
by the House of Representatives by an overwhelming 341-70
vote on Feb. 1st, does state, "Any determination of the ultimate
status of Taiwan must have the express consent of the people
"A constant nightmare Taiwanese have suffered over the
years is that a deal would be cut without their knowledge
or consent putting Taiwan under China's control. Having
suffered through forty years of KMT-imposed martial law and
fought for their democratic rights, the people of Taiwan can
now rest assured that their assent is necessary to any settlement
of the Taiwan issue. No assent. No deal," stated
Chen Wen-yen, FAPA President.
"By this statement President Clinton has rejected China's
attempt, in its recent White Paper, to identify the Chinese
and US ‘one-China policy' as one and the same," Chen noted.
"The U.S. position is quite unique and FAPA thanks President
Clinton for this clarification," Chen continued. "FAPA also
hopes that the U.S. will support a more pro-active self-determination
policy for the people of democratic Taiwan, as envisioned
by the San Francisco Peace Treaty of 1951."
"Given the escalation of China's threats, we also believe
that enactment of the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act will
strengthen the clarity of this strongest U.S. statement to-date,"
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